Amazon is getting further into the physical retail world and has confirmed plans to open a different type of grocery store in 2020.
The company says that it’s “opening a grocery store in Woodland Hills [a suburban Los Angeles neighborhood] in 2020.” It posted four job listings, which it described as “Amazon’s first grocery store.” It’s hiring two grocery associates who’ll replenish stock and handle points of sale, a food service associate who’ll work food counters and a team lead.
Amazon has apparently signed a lease for a 35,000 square-foot space in Woodland Hills. A previous Toys ‘R’ Us location.
The grocery store will differ from Whole Foods and it won’t use the cashierless tech of Amazon Go stores. Instead, it will have traditional checkouts. Amazon hasn’t revealed what the store will be called yet, whether it’ll open more locations or what the item selection and pricing will be at this point.
Last month The Wall Street Journal reported last month the retailer was planning stores in Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia, and was considering spaces in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Amazon’s new stores will offer prepared foods and “mainstream groceries such as soda and Oreos.” We will have more info soon.
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