Ama­zon de­cides against book­store in Merid­ian

The Idaho Statesman - - News - BY JOHN SOW­ELL jsow­[email protected]­hostates­man.com

Ama­zon planned last March to open a book­store at The Vil­lage at Merid­ian, but the gi­ant re­tailer ap­par­ently has aban­doned the idea.

Caleb Hood, plan­ning divi­sion man­ager for the city of Merid­ian, said Thurs­day that his of­fice will send a let­ter next week in­form­ing Ama­zon that its build­ing-per­mit ap­pli­ca­tion has ex­pired.

The ap­pli­ca­tion said the store would be lo­cated at Suite 180 at 3540 E. Long­wing Lane. The suite is near Foun­tain Square, next to the An­thro­polo­gie store.

The city com­pleted its re­view of Ama­zon’s ap­pli­ca­tion in April, Hood said in re­sponse to a States­man in­quiry made Tues­day. Ama­zon needed only to sub­mit a cost es­ti­mate for the work, which forms the ba­sis for fees charged by the city, for the per­mit to be is­sued.

“We never heard back from their ar­chi­tect,” Hood said.

The city later in­formed the com­pany that the per­mit was set to ex­pire, but Ama­zon did not re­spond, he said.

On Tues­day, Hugh Craw­ford, gen­eral man­ager for The Vil­lage at Merid­ian, told the States­man, “The Ama­zon book­store at The Vil­lage is not hap­pen­ing right now.”

Alexan­dra Wood­worth, Ama­zon Books’ pub­li­cre­la­tions man­ager, did not re­ply to an email.

Ama­zon op­er­ated 17 book­stores na­tion­wide as of Oc­to­ber 2018.

ELAINE THOMPSON AP

Kirsty Carey, left, gets ready to swipe her credit card for clerk Marissa Pac­chiarotti at the 2015 open­ing of Ama­zon’s first book­store in Seat­tle. The com­pany now has 18 Ama­zon Books stores across the na­tion and had planned to open one in Merid­ian but has ap­par­ently aban­doned those plans.

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