Amazon to Open Bookstore in Chicago in 2017
Amazon has opened one bookstore in Seattle and announced plans for two more bookstores in Portland and San Diego, and now we can add a fourth city to the list.
The Amazon Books store will be taking the place of a recently closed bar, Mystic Celts. The bar’s owner had sold the building to an investment firm last year, and moved out at the beginning of 2016. The 7,200 square foot location currently looks something like this, only with plywood covering the windows and construction equipment parked out front:
Amazon has confirmed that they will be opening a store there next year. "We are excited to be bringing Amazon Books to Southport in Chicago," Amazon spokeswoman Deborah Bass said in an email Thursday.
This store will be the fourth Amazon Books when it opens. There is a rumor of a store in NYC, but it has yet to be confirmed.
The retailer is also developing three drive-in grocery stores in Seattle and San Francisco, and has opened or announced plans for 18 pickup locations on or near US college campuses, including one at MW-Madison.