So that rumor last summer of an Amazon Books opening in New York City has just been proven to be about 75% true.
The WSJ reports that Amazon will be opening an Amazon Books store on Manhattan, just not quite where we thought:
Online retailing giant Amazon plans to open its first New York City bookstore in Manhattan’s Time Warner Center, the company said. The store is expected to open in 2017, an Amazon spokeswoman said. It will be located in the Shops at Columbus Circle, a multistory shopping complex developed and run by Related Cos.
So the rumor got the landlord right but the location wrong. Rather than move into a building which hasn’t been built yet, Amazon will instead open a bookstore in a high-end mall near the southwest corner of Central Park.
I beleive I was in that mall in 2010; I want to say it had a B&N store, but I could be thinking of another mall in Manhattan.
Edit: According to readers the store was Borders, not B&N.
In any case, the mall directory says there’s no bookstore there now, which is a pity. It would be fun to try to give the
B&N staffers a stroke by telling them how to get a title cheaper at their competitor down the hall.
Amazon has three bookstores on the west coast, and also has Chicago and Boston stores in the works.
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