Amazon hasn’t had to rely upon physical stores to get to where it is today, customers primarily shop online and their goods are delivered to you, with services like AmazonFresh even delivering groceries and fresh produce. However if a new report is to be believed Amazon is gearing up to launch physical grocery stores at least in Silicon Valley initially, if it works out the company might expand its brick-and-mortar footprint to other cities across the United States.
The Silicon Valley Business Journal reports that Amazon is going to test a new service that lets users pick up fresh groceries and other products from a physical store, it mentions that paperwork for a retail location in Sunnyvale, CA has already been signed and plans for an 11,600 square foot warehouse with eight car stalls for pickups have already been approved.
Planning documents submitted by the developer explain that the location will provide a “blended customer shopping experience” which uses both an online shopping platform and a traditional retail outlet.
For users this would mean placing an order online using their computer or mobile device and picking up the groceries from a previously determined stall during a specific time slot.
Plans also mention a small store at the location where customers can just walk in and purchase available items without having to place an order online.
The render created using information from the planning documents show what the location might look like in real life, it’s reported that Amazon has plans to open multiple similar locations across Silicon Valley.
Amazon has not commented on this report yet.