Amazon said it will close 68 of its physical bookstores and shops in the United States and United Kingdom, Reuters reported. 

In a statement on Wednesday, the company said the latest store closures will vary by location, adding it will apprise its customers of the upcoming changes. 

Amazon said physical retail stores are still an important way for them to reach customers, adding it is working on multiple concepts including a fashion store in Los Angeles, Calif., and cashier-less grocery stores, according to Reuters. 


The Seattle-based company also said it is working to find new roles for employees of the closed stores by placing them at other nearby Amazon-owned outlets or they can take severance. 

Amazon reducing its retail footprint follows other U.S.-based retailers including Rite Aid, Walgreens, and CVS Pharmacy who previously announced plans to close some stores. 

Amazon, which started out as an online bookstore, helped drive brick-and-mortar book sellers like Borders and Barnes and Noble toward bankruptcy. 

The Hill has reached out to Amazon for more information.