Amazon.com may soon again test the waters of brick-and-mortar retailing.
On Thursday, the Wall St. Journal reported that the online retailer is set to open a location at 7 West 34th Street in Manhattan, across from the Empire State Building. The location, near Macy’s famed Herald Square store, is expected to serve as a warehouse with limited inventory for same-day delivery, product returns and exchanges and pickup of online orders.
No specific grand opening date was offered, but the report said the location would be open in time for the holiday shopping season.
The report said the location could also be used to showcase electronics including Amazon’s Kindle tablet, Fire smartphone and Fire TV set-top box. It was not known what presence, if any, housewares would have at the location.
For years, the building at 7 West 34th Street was an integral part of the twice-annual New York Tabletop Market as it was home to a number of leading tableware and gift vendors. Currently, about two dozen gift and home product suppliers continue to occupy showroom space on three floors of the 12 story building, which is owned by Vornado Realty Trust.