The online retail giant filed for a permit earlier this month with the city’s Department of Building and Safety for a 5,227-square-foot space at Westfield Century City. The plan check received approval the same day it was submitted, according to the department’s web site, although a permit has not yet been issued. The news was first reported by the Los Angeles Business Journal.
It’s unclear if the bookstore would also offer a coffee shop component similar to its Chicago buildout or what other features it might have. A spokeswoman for Amazon could not be immediately reached for comment.
The news is another major win for Westfield Century City, which will see the completion in the fall of its $1 billion, multiphase redevelopment that adds about 400,000 square feet. Westfield Century City will be home to the first West Coast Eataly and the first Javier’s in Los Angeles. It’s also nabbed retailers such as Aritzia, Oak + Fort, Zadig & Voltaire, Bailey 44, Bonobos and will be the home of the first door to house sister brands Current/Elliott and Equipment under a single roof.
Amazon has bookstores open at Westfield UTC in San Diego along with outposts in Illinois, Massachusetts, Oregon and Washington.
The Century City location would be part of a slew of bookstores planned by Amazon in places such as Broadway Plaza and Santana Row in Northern California; Westfield Garden State Plaza in New Jersey; 34th Street and the Shops at Columbus Circle in New York, and Bellevue Square in Washington.
The company’s bookstores are stocked with top sellers culled on the basis of online ratings, pre-orders, sales and other measures on amazon.com. Books in stores feature customer ratings from the web site. The company also sells its Echo, Kindle, Fire tablet and Fire TV devices in the stores.
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