As a former student of the online giant, I’m curious about the company’s future plans in Washington, D.C. Amazon currently has no bookstore in the nation’s capital.
The company is currently looking to open a bookstore in downtown DC, but its plans have been criticized by many who fear that the company will take advantage of the city’s large Jewish population.
“Amazon has never tried to build a bookstore downtown, and we don’t see them ever going there,” David Greenblatt, the president of the Washington Jewish Federation, told the Washington Post in March.
“They’re not trying to put on a show, they’re not putting on a festival.”
“There’s no real evidence of that happening.
The idea of a large, successful, well-connected Jewish community building a store is just not an Amazon strategy,” Greenblatts added.
The retailer has not yet committed to opening a bookstore, but the retailer has been rumored to be working on an expansion in downtown Seattle.
Amazon, of course, does not plan to open the company store in the city.
Amazon’s new store in DC, however, could be one of the retailer’s first in the United States.
The Amazon store would be the first in a new retail space located in downtown D.D.C., and it would also be one that will offer customers more of a range of items in an urban environment.
Amazon plans to open an additional 500,000 square feet of retail space in the District of Columbia, and is expected to announce plans to build an additional 700,000 to 800,000 sq. ft. of retail spaces in the capital city.
The DC location will be the largest of the Amazon stores in the country, but Amazon also plans to expand the company headquarters in Seattle.
The new store will be located in a historic building on Pennsylvania Avenue, and it will also be the companys first bookstore location in Washington.
While the Amazon store will not open in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, DC, the retailer will be able to open in other areas of the district.
The store’s location near the White House could also be a convenient location for Washington’s Jewish community.
According to the Jewish Chronicle, Amazon has also been eyeing the space in Washington for years.
“The company is interested in developing a store in Washington because of its proximity to the White Capitol, which would include its proximity, and because Washington is a hub for many tech and tech-related companies.
The White House, and Amazon, would also create a great hub for Amazon,” David Gold, the executive director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, told The Washington Post.