Amazon plans to open bookstore in Georgetown


Amazon plans to open a brick-and-mortar bookstore in Georgetown on a block that once housed the city’s largest Barnes & Noble location.

The e-commerce giant has leased 10,000 square feet of space in the building at 3040 M St. NW, according to a Washington Post report. The site was previously occupied by Barney’s New York. Barnes & Noble was previously located down the same street until 2011 — a closure that many observers attribute to Amazon’s encroachment on the book sales market. Nike soon took over that storefront and continues to occupy it.

Details on the Amazon store’s scope and projected opening date aren’t yet available. The company has recently opened bookstores in San Diego; Portland, Ore.; and Seattle. Store features include books displayed with their covers out instead of their spines, as well as in-store promotions for online options.