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·         Amazon plans to open new chain of grocery stores around the country

·         Whole Foods plans to open a food hall



Amazon plans to open new chain of grocery stores around the country


By Steve Watkins, Cincinnati Business Courier

Oct 8, 2019


Online retail giant Inc. is planning to add several retail grocery stores to its fast-growing roster of physical locations, stepping up the competition with traditional supermarket operators.


Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) plans to open dozens of stores across the country, starting with Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia, according to a Wall Street Journal article.


Amazon has already signed more than a dozen leases in Los Angeles for the stores, the Journal reported, citing unnamed sources. Many of the stores are in suburban locations.


The stores would operate separately from Amazon-owned Whole Foods Market, according to the report. They wouldn’t compete with Whole Foods, which focuses on organic items. The new Amazon stores will likely feature plenty of prepared foods in addition to typical grocery items.


When asked for comment, a company spokeswoman told me, “Amazon doesn’t comment on rumors or speculation.”


One of the Los Angeles locations is expected to be about 35,000 square feet, the Journal reported. The New York stores will likely range from 20,000 to 40,000 square feet.


News first broke in March of Amazon’s plans to launch a new store brand.


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Whole Foods plans to open a food hall

The dining destination, the bottom floor of a new supermarket, is one of several ways the retailer is hoping to eat restaurants’ lunch.


By Peter Romeo, Restaurant Business

Oct. 07, 2019


Whole Foods Market will give a food hall a try when it opens a 70,000-square-foot showcase store later this month.


The Amazon holding is also expanding the array of restaurant concepts it includes in its supermarkets, where ready-to-eat foods abound in a number of in-store food bars and counter stations. The roster of full-fledged restaurants will be extended this fall to include several tavern-style concepts featuring pub foods and vegan specialties along with cocktails, wines and local beers.


To increase takeout orders of ready-to-eat family meals, the grocery chain has teamed up with celebrated chefs and cookbook authors to offer limited-time selections for the year-end holidays.


The efforts to grab business that might otherwise go to streetside restaurants figure large in Whole Foods stores scheduled to open this fall. A new branch slated to open in Tempe, Ariz., for instance, features one of the new pub concepts, On Ash, named for the street where the store is located, along with a branch of the Nekter Juice Bar chain. Inside the store, food bars will offer shoppers made-to-order sandwiches, focaccia, pizza, sushi and tacos.


The unit replaces an older nearby store with presumably less foodservice available.


Whole Foods said the new unit featuring a food hall, in Tysons Corner, Va., will be the chain’s new East Coast flagship. In addition to the collection of restaurant concepts on the first floor, the retail outlet will feature a pub and game room on the floor above.


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