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Amazon to close all physical bookstores and shops

Amazon announced that it will close 68 physical retail stores across the U.S. and U.K., including its Amazon Books bookstores, its pop-up shops in various markets and its 4-star stores.

Amazon will continue to operate its Amazon Fresh and Whole Foods grocery stores, as well as its Amazon Go convenience stores.

In a report published by Reuters, Amazon said it would focus more on its grocery markets and a department store concept going forward.

Amazon did not indicate the specific dates of the closure. It also declined to say how many employees would be affected by the closures.