is looking to bricks and mortar stores to expand its offering.

The etailer has begun scouring the UK for sites to open ‘click and collect’ stores. The move is allegedly in response to’s expansion away from books, CDs and other easily delivered items. The plan is not entirely dissimilar to Australian competitor dstore’s movements.

This expansion comes as the UK arm of Borders goes into administration.

Globally, Amazon has been able to hire 3,700 staff last year as it ignored the GFC, experiencing a net sales increase of 28%.

UPDATE: An Amazon spokesperson has denied that it is planning to open physical stores, but would not comment if it was going to partner with existing retailers as pick-up points for Amazon-sold products.