Amazon plans to open large retail stores in the United States

Amazon is looking to expand its business further into the brick-and-mortar world with some physical shops.

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Amazon already dominates the online retail world, pulling in millions upon millions of customers around the world. The company also has its fingers in other aspects of the entertainment industry, with video game and film studios under its belt. Now, Amazon is looking to extend its retail empire by building physical stores in the United States.

Amazon’s plans to open physical retail stores in the United States was first reported by the Wall Street Journal. The report states that the first of these stores will be opened in California and Ohio, though it doesn’t specify where in those states. It’s also stated that Amazon’s stores will be roughly 30,000 square feet in size, which is around the average size of your typical retailer. Amazon has already seen out-of-this-world success with its e-commerce business, and will look to venture into brick & mortar soon.

It’s not specified what exact products Amazon will offer at these stores, other than the wording of “well-known consumer brands.” It’s likely that these stores will offer a range of products, mirroring the company’s online service. This technically wouldn’t be the first time Amazon’s branding has been attached to a brick-and-mortar retailer, as the company acquired Whole Foods back in 2017. Amazon has yet to publicly acknowledge the reports from WSJ.

Amazon’s move to start opening physical retail shops isn’t surprising, but interesting nonetheless. The company is arguably the biggest brand in retailing, and it will be fascinating to see how it’s brick & mortar stores perform. It’s possible we could see these stores expand outside of US borders at some point down the road. For more on Amazon and everything happening in the business world, Shacknews is your place.

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Donovan is a young journalist from Maryland, who likes to game. His oldest gaming memory is playing Pajama Sam on his mom's desktop during weekends. Pokémon Emerald, Halo 2, and the original Star Wars Battlefront 2 were some of the most influential titles in awakening his love for video games. After interning for Shacknews throughout college, Donovan graduated from Bowie State University in 2020 with a major in broadcast journalism and joined the team full-time. He is a huge Star Wars nerd and film fanatic that will talk with you about movies and games all day. You can follow him on twitter @Donimals_

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    August 20, 2021 9:45 AM

    Donovan Erskine posted a new article, Amazon plans to open large retail stores in the United States

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      August 20, 2021 9:53 AM

      I thought the entire appeal of Amazon was that you can get most anything shipped to your door fairly fast without having to run out to a physical location?

      IDGI.

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        August 20, 2021 10:26 AM

        Amazon is a company that makes money, they do things to make money, I guess they decided that opening a Amazonmart across the street from WL-Mart can make them more money.

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        August 20, 2021 10:53 AM

        I can see it working out for them as a instant gratification fulfillment center.

        Go online, shop, get notified that it’s actually available at a store X miles away. Pay online, go to locker B334 and get it 30 min later.

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        August 20, 2021 4:11 PM

        there is an advantage to being able to see certain things before you buy them

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          August 20, 2021 4:16 PM

          Also an easy way to do returns/exchanges. Huge reason to buy things from Best Buy, especially since their prices are all in line now, they have similar or better financing promotions, etc. Same with Costco, etc

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            August 20, 2021 4:18 PM

            I noticed Amazon tries really hard to direct you to whole foods to return shit now

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              August 20, 2021 4:36 PM

              Over here they tried to do Whole Foods returns for a bit, now its at centers near USC and UCLA, they also take returns at the lockers.

              For small items its fine, but I can't imagine managing my LG OLED from late last year through Amazon instead of through Best Buy. If something was wrong with the set then what a headache it would be to do it through their current return centers

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                August 20, 2021 4:38 PM

                The bigger stuff they have contracted delivery companies. I wasn't sure how they would handle returns either

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      August 20, 2021 10:29 AM

      When they inevitably close the store down, will they cite competition from Amazon as the reason?

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      August 20, 2021 10:31 AM

      I kinda hate everything about this. Amazon needs to be broken up. Along with Google, Microsoft, Disney, Comcast, and on and on.

      Fucking megacorps taking over the world.

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      August 20, 2021 10:33 AM

      There’s amazon five star stores here and I love em!

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      August 20, 2021 2:35 PM

      So Amazon sees what Target, Walmart, Bestbuy, etc. have realized. Their buildings aren't really about their retail space. It is about having small warehouses of the most popular shit right in population centers. Sure this is a boost to having people be able to come and get shit on their own. But really this allows you to widen your logistics footprint. And with so many dead big box buildings out there, dead malls out there, finding retail space should be easy / cheap.

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      August 20, 2021 2:39 PM

      uh... why?

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        August 20, 2021 4:00 PM

        Their goal is to be the only store that exists.

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        August 20, 2021 4:14 PM

        Because they are also giant distribution hubs. If you think of them first and foremost as nodes in a logistics network and less as a classic B&M retail store then it makes a ton of sense. That's at least partly why whole foods was bought. It's not a coincidence that there's a giant fleet of Flex drivers parked outside each one.

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      August 20, 2021 2:47 PM

      Amazon's entire business model up until this point has made retail brick and mortar stores obsolete.

      Why would they do this? What's the benefit?

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        August 20, 2021 2:53 PM

        Walmart and Target still have a big piece of the pie. This is about putting them out of business.

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        August 20, 2021 3:51 PM

        Kill the current retail places like Best Buy, less competition more money.

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        August 20, 2021 4:09 PM

        Best Buy and Target are killing it right now. Amazon can't abide by that, the amoeba must feed

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