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Amazon Books Is Coming to Bethesda Row

Online retailer has already opened 13 brick-and-mortar bookstores in seven states

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Updated 4:15 p.m. Nov. 13: Bibliophiles mourning the loss of Barnes Noble on Bethesda Row can take heart: an Amazon Books is coming to town.

The e-commerce giant has opened 13 brick-and-mortar bookstores in seven states across the nation already, and a new location is under construction in Georgetown.

The Bethesda bookstore will open at 7117 Arlington Road, in a space currently occupied by the home furnishing store Urban Country, a source told the Bethesda Beat on Monday. Urban Country in October announced plans to move next door to 7121 Arlington Road, taking over the former City Sports spot.

“We are excited to be bringing Amazon Books to Bethesda Row in Bethesda, Maryland and we are currently hiring store managers and associates,” Amazon Books spokesperson Alexandra Woodworth wrote in a statement. “Stay tuned for additional details down the road.”

A building permit application for the Amazon store was filed with the county on Nov. 8 for a $1.5 million project to renovate the roughly 6,000-square-foot space.

Amazon Books stores act as a “physical extension” of the website, according to a company description. The outlets stock titles based on factors such as customer ratings and sales and carry Kindle, Fire tablet, Echo and Fire TV devices.

Store customers who are members of Amazon Prime can net savings by paying the online price for books and other merchandise. Non-members have to pay the sticker prices for most items.

Ginanne Italiano, president and CEO of the Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce, welcomed the news that an Amazon Books outlet is heading to Bethesda.

“It’s not the end of bookstores as we used to know them!” she said. “They’re coming back.”

Italiano said she’s not surprised that Amazon chose to open a location

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