The number three has a certain affinity to it, and I think Amazon is rolling with that ideal notion as it announced its latest expansion plan. Amazon is continuing to build out its brick-and-mortar space with the opening of three new Amazon Fresh grocery stores near the windy city of Chicago, Illinois.
“Our Amazon Fresh store team is strong and growing,” said Stephenie Landry, Vice President of Amazon Grocery, in a statement to Chicago Business Journal. “I've enjoyed getting to know employees and seeing first-hand how they support each other and our customers while visiting our stores. Because of this amazing team, we're able to bring customers a new, innovative shopping experience that they love right in their own communities.”
With locations being built in Morton Grove, Westmont, and Naperville, Amazon is pinning down its hold on the market share with now a total of seven Amazon Fresh stores in the Chicago area. Other locations already include Oak Lawn, Schaumburg, Bloomingdale, and Naperville. Each of the locations will be about 35,000 square feet and will employ more than 1,500 people by the end of the year, according to the news source.
These new stores will also feature Amazon’s “Just Walk Out” cashierless technology. Additionally, the new Amazon Fresh stores will be the first in the state to implement the innovative system. Through this technology, shoppers will be able to enter the store, scan their credit card or an Amazon app, finish their shopping, and leave, all without having to stand in a checkout line. For those who don’t use the new technology, self-service checkout lines will also be available.
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