Amazon to Launch Brick-and-Mortar Retail Stores?26 May, 2009 By: Chris Tribbey
Ready to shop Amazon.com … at your local strip mall?
The online retail giant has been awarded a patent for a small-store building design, according to Web site Tech Flash, setting off speculation that Amazon is looking to launch a brick-and-mortar presence.
“What’s Amazon’s strategy here?” wrote Eric Engleman of Tech Flash May 26. “Amazon briefly experimented with pickup locations for its Amazon Fresh grocery delivery service in the Seattle area, and the black and white images submitted with the patent application look like those pickup stations.”
The pictures accompanying the patent application show a single-story structure with one door and an overhead awning.