Amazon is closing all 87 of its pop-up kiosks displaying its speakers and gadgets. NPR reports that the kiosks — which are located in malls, and Khols and Whole Foods locations — will shutter by the end of April. But that doesn’t mean the company is giving up on brick-and-mortar retail. Amazon is said to be expanding its 4-Star retail stores, as well as its book store chain. Last week it announced that it is also planning to open grocery stores, despite the fact that it owns Whole Foods.
The last few weeks have been busy for the company. Amazon just pulled out of building a new headquarters in Queens. Plans for the sprawling campus projected 25,000 jobs for the city, but activist groups worried about displacement and gentrification created by rising living costs, similar to what has happened in Seattle where Amazon’s first HQ is located. Additionally, some lawmakers opposed the $3 billion in government incentives that were part of the deal.