The online retailer Amazon has closed down its retail stores in two states, Florida and in Indiana, due to the expansion of their e-Commerce business, according to Reuters.
Amazon has said it will only open up to 15 of its retail locations across the U.S. to allow it to expand its eCommerce business.
“Amazon will continue to close all retail locations that remain open in those states,” a spokesperson for the company told Reuters.
“As a result of this decision, we have not been able to offer our customers the services and products they need to stay connected with their family and friends across the globe.”
The company has been expanding its ecommerce business, with more than 1.5 million customers in 50 countries and territories in 2016, according the company.
Last year, Amazon opened 2,000 new retail locations, according Business Insider.
“The company has never been a great retail destination, and we are committed to being better, but we need to find ways to be more responsive to our customers and their needs in order to maintain our growth,” Amazon spokesperson Kate Kelly told Business Insider in a statement.
Amazon announced its eShop expansion last week.
“We are investing in our ability to serve more customers in the coming months, and will continue our work with local retailers to help them reach their potential,” Kelly added.
Amazon is also closing down a number of its online stores in Canada, Canada, the U., Germany, and Sweden, Reuters reported.
The company is expected to shut down stores in the U, U.K., and the U-K.
as well as in China, the site reported.
Amazon’s plans to open up stores have caused a lot of consternation in the local communities of its two largest markets, Florida, which has more than 3 million customers, and Indiana, which is home to more than 200,000.
“It is not uncommon for these closures to happen,” Indiana Governor Mike Pence said at a news conference last week, according Reuters.
A spokesperson for Amazon confirmed the news on Wednesday.
“This is not the result of any lack of investment by Amazon.com, or lack of commitment by Amazon,” the spokesperson said.
“Rather, this is the result the decision of the local authorities to make.
The decisions that they make are based on the needs of their local communities.”