Amazon plans to open department stores: report

File photo: An exterior view shows an Amazon fulfillment center on March 31, 2021 in North Las Vegas, Nevada
File photo: An exterior view shows an Amazon fulfillment center on March 31, 2021 in North Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo credit Ethan Miller/Getty Images

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Amazon plans to open large retail locations similar to department stores, according to a report Thursday.

The e-commerce giant is looking to open “several large physical retail locations,” with the first stores possibly coming to Ohio and California, sources told the Wall Street Journal.

The larger brick-and-mortar locations would allow Amazon to showcase items like clothing that consumers can’t try if shopping online, according to the report.

Amazon helped disrupt traditional department stores, some of which filed for bankruptcy.

But the online retail powerhouse believes a network of larger physical locations could allow it to better engage customers and offer new shopping experiences, the report said.

The new stores would be about 30,000 square feet, which is about a third of the size of traditional department stores, according to the report.

Amazon already has smaller brick-and-mortar shops like Amazon Go, Amazon Books and Amazon 4-star, which have locations in Manhattan.

Asked for comment, an Amazon spokesperson told 1010 WINS, "We do not comment on rumors and speculation."