Facebook Not Coming to Kitchener-Waterloo After All, Inside Source Says

Back in November, Techvibes reported that Facebook may expand its Canadian operations to Kitchener, where competitor Google already operates out of.

Facebook, which has its Canadian headquarters in Toronto, is reportedly planning a major presence in the nearby Waterloo region. The social networking giant is looking at space in a former auto-parts factory on King Street West […] in The Breithaupt Block, a collection of old industrial buildings at King and Breithaupt streets, adjacent to the railway tracks in downtown Kitchener.

However, an inside source has now come forth to say that a Facebook expansion to Kitchener is "not happening," according to The Globe and Mail.

Facebook Inc. is not setting up a Canadian office in the Kitchener-Waterloo region, according to a source close to the company, despite rumours to the contrary that have been circulating in the community. “It's not happening,” this person said.

So it looks like Google will keep the region to itself—and locals like RIM and Open Text, of course—for now.

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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