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Amazon upended the US brick-and-mortar department store model built by companies like Sears and J.C. Penney. Now, the e-commerce giant reportedly has plans to open physical stores that resemble the concept it’s helping to crush.

Amazon is expected to open department stores in the United States, starting in Ohio and California, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter. The stores are expected to be roughly 30,000 square feet — less than a third of the size of a traditional department store. Amazon will sell clothing, household items, electronics and other merchandise at the stores, the Journal reported. The company’s growing lineup of private, in-house brands are expected to be featured prominently.

Amazon (AMZN) declined to comment on its plans. “We do not comment on rumors and speculation,” a spokesperson for the company said in an email.

It may seem surprising that Amazon, which controls an estimated 40% of all online shopping in the United States, would want to open locations resembling department stores.

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Department stores would not be Amazon's first step into physical retail. Amazon bought Whole Foods in 2017.

But retail analysts said that this plan would represent a lower-stakes commitment than buying a big chain like Kohl’s (KSS), which Amazon has a partnership with, and a way for Amazon to experiment with and learn from a new format. A brick-and-mortar presence in areas like apparel and home decor would help Amazon reach customers who prefer to try on clothes and see other goods before buying them. It would also help spur growth of Amazon’s more profitable— but lesser-known — private labels, these analysts say.

These stores would also give Amazon central locations where customers would be able to return products they purchase off its website and serve as de-facto warehouses to ship goods to shoppers’ homes faster. Opening stores would make sense from a real estate perspective, according to analysts, because vacant storefronts are spattered across cities and inside malls, and Amazon can move in for cheap prices.

But there are risks. Amazon doesn’t have any experience running department stores, and it’s record with physical stores is spotty.

‘Touch and feel’

Department store sales shrunk from $184 billion in sales in 2010 to $135 billion in 2019, according to Census Bureau data. In 2020, they plunged to $114 billion, according to the Census Bureau.

The dropoff tipped some department stores that were already struggling — such as Neiman Marcus, J.C. Penney, and Stage Stores — into bankruptcy. Nearly 1,000 department stores have closed since 2018, said real estate research firm Green Street.

The void in the market opened up by the collapse of many traditional department stores is one reason that may factor into Amazon’s calculations to open such stores.

“They have long been planning to explore that opportunity, created by the vacuum of a lot of department stores closing,” said Venkatesh Shankar, professor at Texas A&M University’s Center for Retailing Studies. “They’re getting in at a good prices and lease rates.”

Despite the rapid growth of online shopping in recent years, physical stores still make up around 84% of total retail sales in the United States, according to the Census Bureau.

“Online is a convenient, efficient channel for repeat purchases, reordering bath tissues, diapers, batteries,” said Shankar. “If you really want to build brands, the brick-and-mortar presence is critical.”

Analysts say physical department stores may be a vehicle for Amazon to gain a greater share of customers who prefer to shop in stores, don’t have credit cards to shop online, or live in areas Amazon doesn’t service.

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Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, is photographed in Seattle in 2017.

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Bezos is seen in 1996, a year after he started Amazon.com. At the time it was just an online bookseller.

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Bezos and Sotheby's president and CEO Diana Brooks pose in a customized Volkswagen Beetle from the film "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" in 1999. Sotheby's and Amazon had teamed up to launch sothebys.amazon.com, an online auction site that would offer a broad range of objects, including this car.

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Bezos holds a power drill and a stuffed Pikachu in 1999. By this point, Amazon had started to sell items other than books.

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Gregory Nixon, left, delivers a set of antique golf clubs he sold to David Robichaud, center, via Amazon.com Auctions in 1999. Bezos was there for the moment, as Robichaud, a construction worker, was Amazon's 10-millionth customer.

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In 1999, Bezos was named Time magazine's Person of the Year.

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Bezos looks on as Microsoft CEO Bill Gates presents a T-shirt as a retirement gift to Clippy, the Microsoft Office assistant, in 2001. Microsoft was launching Office XP.

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Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, arrive at a media conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, in 2003. They divorced in 2019 after 25 years of marriage.

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Jeff Bezos stands with one of Amazon's trademark door-desks at the company's Seattle headquarters in 2004.

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Bezos introduces the Kindle e-reader at a news conference in 2007.

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Bezos announces the Kindle DX in 2009.

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Bezos, third from left, meets with NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver at the Blue Origin headquarters in Kent, Washington, in 2011. Bezos' Blue Origin was started in 2000 with the goal of providing low-cost access to private space travel.

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Bezos holds up the new Kindle Fire HD during a news conference in Santa Monica, California, in 2012.

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Bezos appears on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" in 2012.

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Bezos unveils the Fire Phone during an event in Seattle in 2014.

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Bezos poses on a truck while visiting Bangalore, India, in 2014.

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Bezos tours The Washington Post's new offices in 2016. Bezos bought the newspaper in 2013.

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Bezos listens to first lady Michelle Obama at a White House event in 2016. The event announced commitments from more than 50 companies to hire and train veterans and military spouses. Bezos announced a commitment by Amazon to hire 25,000 more military veterans in the next five years.

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Bezos joins "Transparent" actor Jeffrey Tambor and director Jill Soloway after the Amazon Studios show won Emmys in 2016.

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Bezos discusses his Blue Origin reusable rocket system in 2017. Reusable rockets would substantially reduce the cost of space flight.

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US President Donald Trump and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella listen to Bezos at a White House meeting of the American Technology Council in 2017. According to the White House, the council's goal is "to explore how to transform and modernize government information technology."

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Bezos tours the Spheres, a gathering and working space for Amazon employees, at its opening ceremonies in Seattle in 2018. The space contains hundreds of plant species from cloud forest environments around the globe, and it maintains a tropical climate similar to Costa Rica or Indonesia.

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Bezos shakes hands with Kim Kardashian West while attending the Met Gala in New York in 2019. Actor Jared Leto is on the right.

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Bezos is joined by the children from the Blue Origin Club for the Future in 2019. At the event in Washington, DC, Bezos unveiled a Blue Origin prototype of a lunar lander.

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Bezos shows off Blue Moon, Blue Origin's lunar landing prototype, in 2019.

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Bezos announces the co-founding of The Climate Pledge in 2019. Bezos' broad plan to fight climate change includes meeting the Paris climate agreement 10 years early. That would make the company carbon-neutral by 2040. Bezos also announced that Amazon would purchase 100,000 electric vans.

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Bezos stands next to Hatice Cengiz, the fiancee of the late journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as a plaque is unveiled near the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2019. It was a year after Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist, was killed.

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Bezos sits between his girlfriend, Lauren Sánchez, and Vogue magazine editor Anna Wintour at a Tom Ford fashion show in Los Angeles in February 2020.

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Bezos testifies before a House subcommittee during an antitrust hearing in July 2020. Other powerful tech figures, including Apple CEO Tim Cook and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, were also questioned about their competitive tactics.

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In December 2020, Bezos posted this photo of him and his mother, Jacklyn, after Blue Origin's rocket-catching recovery boat was named in her honor.

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From left, Oliver Daemen, Bezos, Wally Funk and Bezos' brother Jeff pose for a picture after flying into space in July 2021. The trip marked the first-ever crewed flight of Blue Origin's suborbital space tourism rocket, New Shepard.

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“I believe that Amazon, in their endless intent to continue to grow, intends upon expanding their market share through customers who can’t or don’t want to shop via e-commerce,” said Mark Cohen, director of retail studies at Columbia Business School and the former chief executive of Sears Canada.

In categories like clothing and home decor, Cohen said, a physical presence appeals to customers “who do want to touch and feel products rather than buy them blindly.” Physical stores also better help drive impulse and unexpected purchases than online shopping, he said.

Amazon is trying to build out its private label brands such as Amazon Essentials, Goodthreads, and Core 10 clothing and Rivet and Stone & Beam furniture. These department stores would give Amazon a platform to introduce customers these less-familiar brands.

“Stores will help Amazon do a much better job of showcasing its offer, especially in own brand,” Neil Saunders, managing director at GlobalData Retail, said in an email to clients. Saunders noted that other online brands, such as Warby Parker and The RealReal (REALR), are also expanding their physical presence.

Finally, Amazon is rushing to expand same-day delivery and stores could double as shipping hubs for speedy online orders and locations where customers can scoop up online orders.

“These locations will function as last mile distribution hubs in highly populated urban areas, where distribution centers are not located,” said Matthew Katz, managing partner at SSA & Co., an advisory firm, in an email. This is an “advantage for same day, even same-hour delivery.”

‘Terrible track record’

There is no guarantee Amazon can create a vibrant department store, though. Its recent forays into physical stores have been mixed.

Amazon is known as an online store, but it has moved into physical retail in recent years. In 2015, Amazon opened its first physical store, Amazon Books, in Seattle. Two years later, Amazon bought Whole Foods’ 471 stores for $13.7 billion. Amazon also has dozens of 4-Star stores, where it sells its highest-rated merchandise, Amazon Go cashier-less convenience stores, and pop-up stores. Amazon is also is building a new, separate line of grocery stores, called Amazon Fresh, to chase a mid-market shopper, different from Whole Foods’ high-end customer base.

As of December 31, 2020, Amazon had 611 physical stores in North America, including Whole Foods, according to its latest annual filing.

IRVINE, CA - OCTOBER 22: Amazon Fresh opened to the public in Irvine, CA on Thursday, October 22, 2020. Several more stores are planned, including in Fullerton, Whittier, Long Beach and Los Angeles. (Photo by Paul Bersebach/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images) Paul Bersebach/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register/Getty Images Amazon's grocery chain is growing. It isn't Whole Foods

Amazon has not seen the same level of success with physical stores as it has online. Sales at Amazon’s physical stores dropped 0.18% in 2019 from the year prior to $17.2 billion and 5.6% in 2020 as more shoppers ordered online in the pandemic.

“Amazon has a terrible track record in physical retail,” said Sucharita Kodali, a retail analyst at Forrester.

Kodali said “department stores are a dying format” and it would be a mistake for Amazon to open a similar concept. The previous stores Amazon has opened have been “entirely unremarkable. It doesn’t lend any confidence in a thesis that Amazon’s next store is going to be a game changer.”

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