Amazon Plots Whole Foods Expansion

Amazon Plots Whole Foods Expansion
Amazon Prime subscribers will be able to order groceries online for delivery in under two hours.

(CCM) — Amazon is planning a massive expansion of its Whole Foods store chain so that it can offer its two-hour Prime Now delivery service to grocery customers across the U.S., according to a Wall Street Journal report. The company bought Whole Foods last year in a $13.7 billion deal.

It also plans to offer the Prime Now service with all the existing stores in the very new future, before embarking on the expansion drive.

The company has already scouted potential sites in Idaho, Wyoming, and southern Utah, according to the report, and many of these sites were about 45,000 square feet. This is slightly larger than average Whole Foods retail sites, which may indicate that Amazon plans to add distribution facilities to cope with Prime Now orders, or even that it plans to integrate distribution centers for other Amazon orders with the Whole Foods sites.

Amazon sees its $119 per year Prime subscription service, which has over 100 million members, as a valuable tool for attracting new customers to its Whole Foods stores. The service is currently available in more than 60 U.S. cities, with pickups from Whole Foods retail sites available in 30 minutes.

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