Kirsty Carey, left, gets ready to swipe her credit card for clerk Marissa Pacchiarotti at the 2015 opening of Amazon’s first bookstore in Seattle. The company now has 18 Amazon Books stores across the nation and had planned to open one in Meridian but has apparently abandoned those plans.
Kirsty Carey, left, gets ready to swipe her credit card for clerk Marissa Pacchiarotti at the 2015 opening of Amazon’s first bookstore in Seattle. The company now has 18 Amazon Books stores across the nation and had planned to open one in Meridian but has apparently abandoned those plans. Elaine Thompson AP
Kirsty Carey, left, gets ready to swipe her credit card for clerk Marissa Pacchiarotti at the 2015 opening of Amazon’s first bookstore in Seattle. The company now has 18 Amazon Books stores across the nation and had planned to open one in Meridian but has apparently abandoned those plans. Elaine Thompson AP

Reporter John Sowell has worked for the Statesman since 2013. He covers business and growth issues. He grew up in Emmett and graduated from the University of Oregon.