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Online Furniture Seller Wayfair to Open Brick-and-Mortar Store

A spokeswoman for the company says the 20,000-square-foot outlet will open next year in Florence, Kentucky

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    Online Furniture Seller Wayfair to Open Brick-and-Mortar Store
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    This Tuesday, April 17, 2018, photo shows the Wayfair website on a computer in New York. The online furniture seller said its first brick-and-mortar location will open by early 2019 in Florence, Kentucky.

    Furniture seller Wayfair is following the path of other online retailers by opening an actual store.

    The company says its first brick-and-mortar location will open by early next year in Florence, Kentucky, about 12 miles from Cincinnati. A spokeswoman for the Boston company says the 20,000-square-foot outlet store will sell items that have been returned but are in good condition, as well as other discounted goods.

    News of the Wayfair store was first reported by industry magazine Furniture Today.

    Online retailers have been establishing a physical footprint. Amazon.com, for example, bought grocer Whole Foods last year, has opened more than a dozen bookstores. It also plans to open more cashier-less Amazon Go convenience stores.

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    Police released footage of a mother who said she accidentally left her 5-month-old in a car for half an hour in a Goodyear, Arizona, parking lot when she, her sister and other daughter went into the store. Officers are heard on camera saying it was about 99 degrees outside. 

    (Published Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019)

    Wayfair Inc. declined to say if it plans to open more stores.