Amazon will be opening a bookstore in LA – Los Angeles Times

Amazon is planning to open a bookstore in a Century City mall, its first brick-and-mortar bookstore in Los Angeles.

The online retailer, credited with causing a crisis in the physical bookselling industry, has opened five brick-and-mortar bookstores in the last 18 months and has announced plans for seven more.

According to permits filed last week, Amazon Books will be moving into a 5,227-square-foot space in Westfield Century City. The upscale mall, at Santa Monica Boulevard and Century Park West, is in the midst of a $1-billion modernization begun in 2015 that is expanding it to more than 1.3 million square feet and adding more shops and restaurants.

Amazon’s online business disrupted the brick-and-mortar bookselling industry. With Amazon’s rise, many small independent bookstores across the country saw steep declines in sales. Many stores closed, and Borders, one of two national chains, went bankrupt, shuttering hundreds of bookstores and leaving many communities without a bookstore — but if they had the Internet, they had Amazon.com.

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