Amazon Denies Rumors of Physical Store in the UK

December 7, 2009, By Radimir Bobev


There’s been some controversy around Amazon recently, after some clues pointed to the possibility of them looking to open a physical store in the UK. Best Buy is launching its first store in the country soon, and this further fueled the speculation. It was all apparently instigated by a report in the Sunday Times, claiming that Amazon were looking to buy a bricks-and-mortar store.

While it seemed like a good idea at first, maybe it wouldn’t be such a smart move to change a formula which has been working perfectly for so many years. Sure, it would be convenient for customers to, for example, buy a Kindle or pick up their pre-ordered  items, but will it add so much to the company’s value? That’s doubtful.

Amazon later made a public statement, announcing that the claims were fake, and that the company currently has no plans to open any physical stores in the UK – or anywhere in the world, for that matter. This pretty much confirms that Amazon really doesn’t see much of an opportunity in the physical market.

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