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Could Amazon Be Opening a Brick-and-Mortar in Miami Soon?

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Rumors surfaced in October that Amazon would be opening up their first storefront in Manhattan, however as of this date Amazon has not confirmed if the space they've leased in New York will be used solely as corporate offices or if it will in fact be a store. Last Friday, the company experimented with selling electronics out of a food truck around the city.

On May 1 of this year, Amazon began collecting the state sales tax in Florida, after an announcement that they were set to open up a warehouse in the Tampa Bay area. The demand for a warehouse in Miami comes from "increases in manufacturing activity, international trade, and online shipping in industrial real estate in South Florida," reports the Business Journal, not to mention Miami's high demand for same day delivery, (because the only thing that can't run on Cuban time here are our packages).

So it seems the brick-and-mortar concept is, for now, a "what if" situation. Many signs point to "yes," however the Amazon team has neither denied nor confirmed anything. For now we're left to relish in the site's holiday deals, and lament on the state sales tax.

· signs Doral distribution center lease, to create 500 jobs [SFBJ]
· Amazon Signs Lease for Possible Store in Manhattan [Huffington Post]
· Amazon Will Start Charging Sales Tax May 1 [MNT]