Online retailer Amazon is preparing to open its very first bricks and mortar outlet in Seattle, reports suggest.
‘Amazon sources’ say the store could open in a matter of months, selling books, Kindle devices and Amazon exclusives. It’s part of an initiative to test whether opening a chain of stores would be worthwhile, reports Good e-reader.
Amazon, whose headquarters are in Seattle, is set to open a smaller boutique-style shop as opposed to a large retail outlet. If plans go ahead, customers will be able to sample e-books via WiFi at the store.
It’s not clear if Amazon would sell video games in the store. An Amazon spokesperson told MCV: "We have a longstanding practice of not commenting on rumours or speculation."
Last year eBay opened a temporary Christmas Boutique store in London which allowed customers to browse items and buy products online.
Angry Birds developer Rovio also opened its first merchandise store in Finland last year.