Amazon.com Inc. acknowledged its plans to open a physical bookstore in Dedham next year, part of the pioneering e-commerce company’s ongoing experiments with brick-and-mortar retail.
The Globe reported Monday that Amazon was advertising for about 20 jobs, including store managers, front-line retail staffers, and an inventory coordinator for an upcoming bookstore at the Legacy Place mall, about 30 minutes southwest of Boston.
Amazon confirmed those plans late Wednesday. “We are excited to be bringing Amazon Books to Legacy Place in 2017, and we are currently hiring store managers and associates. Stay tuned for additional details down the road,” spokeswoman Deborah Bass said in an e-mail.
The company already has opened bookstores in San Diego and its hometown of Seattle. It also plans to open branches in Portland, Ore. and Chicago.
The stores offer a mix of books and Amazon’s own consumer electronics, such as Kindle e-readers, Fire tablets, and Echo smart-home devices. Retail analysts have said gadget sales could be the real beneficiary of Amazon’s bookstores, since many consumers want to try out consumer electronics in person before buying them.
Amazon also has more than 20 small “pop-up” retail sites around the country focused on selling electronics, including one at the Natick Mall.Curt Woodward can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @curtwoodward.