Amazon may be shuttering one of its fresh divisions, but all signs point to new growth for the retail giant. No longer known only as the e-tail behemoth, Amazon has announced it will be opening two new Amazon Fresh grocery stores in Washington—one in Seattle and the other in Bellevue.
The pandemic has shifted the grocery market considerably, and Amazon has used that shift to transform its grocery concept. More specifically, and recently, the retailer is eyeing the brick-and-mortar format as it is expanding its footprint across the States.
Both the Seattle and Bellevue stores are currently under construction with hiring already underway, but opening dates have yet to be released. Puget Sound Business Journal reported the Bellevue location will be built in Factoria, while the Seattle store will be housed in the city’s Central District.
Currently, Amazon operates 26 Amazon Go stores nationwide and recently opened its first Amazon Fresh grocery store in Woodland Hills, California. In 2017, the online retailer also bought Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion, further expanding its grocery footprint with the addition of the company’s 500 grocery locations throughout the country.
With business booming at its brick-and-mortar locations, Amazon has revealed other markets for expansion including Los Angeles and Philadelphia in addition to Chicago, as we reported on our sister site ANUK. We also reported Amazon is eyeing Florida for potential growth on ANUK, but other potential sites include New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
As Amazon continues to unfurl its blueprints, Deli Market News will report the latest updates.