Amazon to Open First Chicago Bookstore in 2017
- Aug 26, 2016
By Ioana Neamt
Chicago—Online retail giant Amazon is planning to open a brick-and-mortar bookstore location in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, the Chicago Tribune reports. Amazon spokeswoman Deborah Bass told the newspaper that the store is slated to open next year at 3443 N. Southport Ave.
The first Amazon bookstore opened in Seattle’s University Village mall in the fall of 2015, and the company now intends to open locations in Chicago, San Diego and Portland, according to Bass. Amazon revealed plans to open hundreds of locations throughout the U.S. earlier this year.
According to Business Insider, Amazon’s new stores differ from traditional bookstores, as prices are not shown next to any of the items due to fluctuating costs based on online prices. In addition, each item features a user review and ratings from the company’s website. Stores will also sell Kindles and other electronic devices.
Amazon is set to occupy the former Mystic Celt space on the Southport Corridor, which totals 7,200 square feet, according to Cushman & Wakefield. Neighboring tenants include Anthropologie, Benefit Cosmetics, Athleta, Gap and Lululemon.
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