The e-commerce giant has opened 13 brick-and-mortar bookstores in seven states across the nation already, and a new location is under construction in Georgetown.
The Bethesda bookstore will open at 7117 Arlington Road, in a space currently occupied by the home furnishing store Urban Country, the source said. Urban Country in October announced plans to move next door to 7121 Arlington Road, taking over the former City Sports spot.
A building permit for the Amazon store was filed with the county on Nov. 8 for a $1.5 million project to renovate the roughly 6,000-square-foot space.
Earlier this year, area book lovers were disappointed to hear that Barnes & Noble would close its three-level store at the corner of Woodmont and Bethesda avenues when its lease expires with Federal Realty Investment Trust at the end of 2017.
Federal Realty, which owns Bethesda Row, announced in July that an Anthropologie clothing store would be replacing the book retailer.