Online shopping giant Amazon plans to open dozens of grocery stores in major US cities at lower prices. The first store will open in Los Angeles before the end of this year, and lease contracts will be signed with other merchants.
Amazon is seeking to develop its planned business through regional grocery chains in San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, Philadelphia and Washington, Engadget web quoted.
The report notes that the brand, which has not yet been unveiled, will offer a wider selection of products, which do not contain synthetic preservatives, flavors or sweeteners.
Amazon already has a grocery delivery service, and will expand the chain to its stores beyond whole foods stores, it is not clear whether planned stores will be useful only for grocery, although the report suggests it will focus strongly on customer service and delivery options.
Grocery stores are expected to be just over half of the usual “supermarket” size, and Amazon will place them in open-air shopping malls.