Today is a great day, one where we should celebrate the revival of bookstores, because Amazon's seventeenth store has been confirmed for Maryland. It's going to be built in the Bethesda Row shopping center which is located about 5 miles from the Amazon Books location in DC.
From Bethesda Beat:
The Bethesda bookstore will open at 7117 Arlington Road, in a space currently occupied by the home furnishing store Urban Country, a source told the Bethesda Beat on Monday. Urban Country in October announced plans to move next door to 7121 Arlington Road, taking over the former City Sports spot.
"We are excited to be bringing Amazon Books to Bethesda Row in Bethesda, Maryland and we are currently hiring store managers and associates," Amazon Books spokesperson Alexandra Woodworth wrote in a statement. "Stay tuned for additional details down the road."
A building permit application for the Amazon store was filed with the county on Nov. 8 for a $1.5 million project to renovate the roughly 6,000-square-foot space.
Bethesda Row is one of those American inventions stemming from not having good public transit. It is a development where multi-story retail and office buildings face the street and wrap around a parking garage.
The new Amazon Books location is about a block from a Barnes & Noble store that is closing at the end of the year, but the geographic proximity is really all they have in common. B&N is leaving a 3-story space, while Amazon is opening a 6,000 square foot store (a corner space, to be exact).
According to Google Maps, there are no other bookstores in the area; the closest is in DC. This makes Bethesda fertile ground for Amazon's brick-and-mortar retail empire.
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