Just as Walmart is a threat to small mom-and-pop shops, Amazon is dangerous for independent bookstores. With the company’s stranglehold on the e-book & print markets, Amazon as an eCom destination is bad enough for physical bookstores; however, when the company decided to open their own brick-and-mortar locations in Seattle, Portland, and San Diego starting late last year, it became even more of a challenge for small business owners to compete.
Now, according to an article in the Financial Times on Wednesday (warning: paywall), Amazon Books will expand to Chicago, starting in 2017.
Shortly after news of the Amazon bookstore Chicago broke, the Southport Corridor blog reported that the new storefront would be housed at 3443 N. Southport Ave, former site of Mystic Celt, which closed back in January. Amazon has since confirmed the report.
DNAInfo lists the new Amazon bookstore Chicago site in the Southport Corridor at 7,200 square feet. The grand opening date is not yet available.
Amazon is also reportedly eyeing a NYC location for its brick-and-mortar storefront, the first on the East coast. However, according to Engadget, that Amazon Books is not expected to open until at least 2018 or beyond—making it entirely possible that several other Eastern locations pop up beforehand.