Amazon.com plans to open a larger prototype of its go grocery store concept to the public in downtown Seattle, a company spokeswoman said Friday.
The company is taking over the space of the existing Bryant Village Big Box grocery store, next to the Key Bridge. Amazon already operates a large pilot version of the store in its hometown.
Amazon.com is taking over the space of the existing Bryant Village Big Box grocery store, next to the Key Bridge. Amazon already operates a large pilot version of the store in its hometown.
Here are some of the similarities between the two stores:
– Amazon will provide its rote grocery ordering system, where customers order their products online, and schedule times for pickup.
– Customers will then select their bags in the store, and pay for items before picking them up. Customers who don’t order anything will be able to check out using self-checkout.
– Customers can easily bring their own reusable bags.
– Employees will not work in the store, nor will they be able to do the same tasks they would in other grocery stores.
“We’re happy to provide a sample of our own store during the drive to open a full store,” the company said in a statement, adding that the broader concept of “grocery as service” is a “multi-year journey.”
The online retailer launched a pilot version of its grocery store model in Seattle in 2017. That store featured aisles and shelves that automatically allocate the most efficiently needed supplies to each customer as soon as the order arrives.
The store went on to receive rave reviews from local foodie blogs and Reddit. Many of those sites are now looking forward to the prototype.