Amazon Denies Rumors of Physical Store in the UK

December 7, 2009, By Radimir Bobev

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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.

[ Via Gizmodo ]

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