Amazon has plans to open up its first physical bookstore in New York City, giving them a total of six brick and mortar stores.
Amazon is planning to open a bricks-and-mortar bookshop in Manhattan's Time Warner Center sometime this year, according to media sources. Eyewitness News has learned that the store will be 4,000 square feet and is expected to open in the spring. The building is located in the Shops at Columbus Circle shopping center, which is owned by Related Cos.
The decision to open an Amazon Bookstore in Manhattan comes as Amazon.com, Inc. works to expand its physical retail locations. Amazon launched its first "Amazon Books" location in late 2015 in Seattle and has since opened two more on the West Coast. It has plans for others in Chicago and near Boston in Dedham, Massachusetts.
Amazon had always been rumored to be planning a retail location where customers could pick up same-day deliveries on the ground floor of its New York City headquarters at 7 West 34th Street, but then apparently dropped the plans.
These bookstores contain some of Amazon's top-sellers. This became evident after Amazon recently unveiled its Amazon Go store, one that hopes to break former norms and help start a trend where customers will not have to form queues to pay for their purchased items. The total of their trip is charged to their account with the company.