Amazon: We're Not Opening Physical Stores

A report in the Times over the weekend cited property landlords who said the American company had launched a secret search for bricks-and-mortar stores to support its rapidly growing website. According to the Times, Amazon was said to be scouring the country for high-profile sites just as the Borders book chain is shutting down its UK locations. The Times described the stores as a sort of click-and-collect affair that allowed customers to buy online and then collect their purchases from the store.

However Amazon yesterday denied the claims, saying it has no plans to open stores anywhere in the world. Reuters cites an Amazon spokesperson that denied the report but refused to comment further on the company's plans, including whether or not it planned to partner with retailers.

If you were able to buy online and collect from the store, would you? Or do you prefer to wait for the postman to bring your goods to you? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • I normally order online and wait for delivery. Free shipping is an added incentive that works for me.
  • A big plus with Amazon is avoiding sales taxes. If they put a brick and mortar store up in my state I'd no longer use them.

    I think this was a stupid rumor to begin with, that any reporter with half a brain should have seen through.
  • Well if it's a secret then they are going to deny it aren't they?

    Isn't that the first rule of secret-keeping?