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Amazon denies high-street store launch

Click and collect service looks unlikely

Amazon is denying that it has any plans to open high street stores.

According to the Sunday Times, the online retailer has been in secret talks to with landlords in a bid to secure locations around the UK.

The newspaper claimed Amazon was looking to capitalise on consumer demand for 'click and collect' services that allow goods to ordered online and picked up from a high-street store.

Argos and Marks and Spencer are among the companies that currently offer this option.

An unnamed source told the newspaper: "When Amazon was just selling books and CDs that fitted easily through the letterbox it was fine to be a web-only business, but now it has branched out into everything from children's bikes to electricals it believes it could boost sales by having stores that offer a collection point for shoppers. It will probably be an Argos-style operation".

However, according to The Press Association, Amazon has denied the plans, saying: "We have no plans to open physical retail stores anywhere in the world".

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