Recent bookselling news may be bleak for Barnes & Noble but things are looking up for Amazon.
News broke this week that Amazon is opening a bookstore in Manhattan as well as a second bookstore in Boston, and now I can
exclusively report that Amazon is planning to open their eighth bookstore in the Garden State.
Amazon has updated their website with a new page which lists Amazon Books locations. That page lists the three open stores in San Diego, Portland, and Seattle, as well as the stores planned for Chicago, Boston, and Manhattan.
The page also mentions a previously unannounced store in Paramus, NJ. The store is going to be located in Garden State Plaza, a mall which is anchored by Macy's, Nordstrom, and Lord & Taylor.
Amazon has not posted any job listings for the new bookstore, but an Amazon rep did confirm to me today that the store is scheduled to open in 2017.
This store is bracketed by 4 B&N stores to the north, south, east and southwest, and B&n says that they have 40 stores within 50 miles of Paramus, NJ.
How many stores they'll have this time next year remains to be seen.
Edit: this story isn't as exclusive as I thought; Publisher's Lunch also reported this story on Friday.