The City of Angels has joined the growing list of cities that will feature an Amazon Books store.
Amazon submitted a building application to open a 5,227-sq.-ft. suite at the Westfield Century City mall in Los Angeles on May 9. The online retailer received initial plan check approval the same day, according to a record on the L.A. Department of Building and Safety website.
This is not a surprise, according to the Los Angeles Business Journal, which reported that the retailer has spent the last few months shopping around for retail space in Los Angeles. Amazon’s priority was finding property ranging between 5,000 sq. ft. to 6,000 sq. ft. of ground-floor space. While the company still awaits a building permit, if approved, Amazon Books will be considered a first-time tenant at Westfield Century City, according to the document.
Westfield Century City mall is in the midst of a $1 billion makeover. The space Amazon applied for is within one of the renovated storefronts.
This is not the first time Amazon has targeted property from Westfield Corp. Besides preparing to open a storefront in Westfield’s Garden State Plaza in Paramus, N.J., Amazon has a book store in UTC mall in San Diego, according to the Los Angeles Business Journal.
In addition to its San Diego location, the online company also operates book stores in Chicago, Seattle, Portland, Oregon, and in Dedham and Lynnfield, Massachusetts. Additional locations are planned to open this year in Garden State Plaza, Paramus, New Jersey; Shops at Columbus Circle, New York City; and two stores in the greater Boston area. It also recently secured a lease at a 10,000-sq.-ft. space in the Georgetown section of Washington, D.C.