Seattle Times

Is Amazon About to Open Its First Brick and Mortar Bookstore?

Oct 9, 2015  •  Post A Comment

“Rumors are flying,” writes the Seattle Times, “mostly sparked by a Thursday article in the online book newsletter Shelf Awareness” that Amazon may be opening its “first retail-bookstore location” in Seattle’s University Village shopping center.

The article reports: “A nearby construction worker, taking apart a cabinet for another U Village project, said workers on the corner site call the project the “mystery store” because no one knows what’s going into the former Blue C Sushi space. The one thing he knows is there are bookshelves inside.”

The story notes: “Amazon has opened a few staffed pickup locations on or near college campuses in recent months, including an upcoming location in Cincinnati uncovered Thursday. U Village’s proximity to the University of Washington has added to rumors of Amazon’s possible entrance.

“Local bookstore owners aren’t concerned yet. Rumors have flown for years that Amazon would open a physical store, and none has come to fruition.”

Amazon is based in Seattle.



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