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EXCLUSIVE-Amazon to close all of its physical bookstores and '4-star' shops

March 2 (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc on Wednesday told Reuters it plans to close all 68 of its physical book stores, pop up shops and “4-star” stores in the United States and United Kingdom, ending some of its longest-running experiments in brick-and-mortar retail.

The company said physical retail remains an important way for it to reach shoppers and it will continue to work on other concepts, such as its recently announced fashion store in greater Los Angeles and cashierless grocery stores. (Reporting By Jeffrey Dastin in Palo Alto; Editing by Chris Reese)

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