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Amazon Opens New Fresh Grocery Store in North Seattle Plaza; another planned south of the city

A view of a new Amazon Fresh store under construction in North Seattle along Aurora Avenue North at North 130th Street. (Photo by GeekWire / Kurt Schlosser)

An Amazon Fresh grocery store will anchor a sprawling mall renovation along busy Aurora Avenue North in North Seattle.

The signage is posted at the store that is still under construction at 13025 Aurora Ave. N., near the corner of North 130th Street in the Bitter Lake area of ​​Seattle. Amazon told GeekWire on Wednesday that it has not yet confirmed an opening date, but is currently hiring for the location.

The tech giant has 18 cool stores open to date, including two relatively new locations in the Seattle region. In June, a store was opened in the Factory area of ​​Bellevue, Washington, and in August another was opened in the Central District of Seattle.

Amazon Fresh stores are part of Amazon’s rapidly growing traditional grocery store expansion across the country, following its $ 13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods in 2017, as it tries to take a bigger bite out of the market. $ 750 billion United States grocery industry. The company is also building its Amazon Go convenience store network and still operates the Amazon Fresh delivery service.

According to real estate firm Kidder Mathews, Amazon is also planning a new store south of Seattle on Federal Way, Washington, at 1928 S. Commons. Plans show That 766,705-square-foot mall is currently anchored by Target, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Century Theaters and Kohl’s. An employee who answered the phone Wednesday at Dick’s said the plaza says Amazon is entering, but no sign has appeared yet.

Amazon did not comment on the Federal Way location.

Workers are seen inside an Amazon Fresh store under construction in North Seattle. (Photo by GeekWire / Kurt Schlosser)

Construction workers were busy moving in and out of the North Seattle location Wednesday morning. Plan Identify the store space as 35,715 square feet. The 15,000 and 8,800 square foot spaces on either side of the store are still available. The 9.98 acres Aurora shopping center already has a location for Planet Fitness, Starbucks, Burger King, Key Bank, Aurora Donuts and more.

The grocery competition sits across the busy Highway 99, where a Sprouts Farmers Market and an Asian Family Market meet in a plaza next to a hobby lobby.

So Costco is supposedly looking to open a location along Aurora Avenue North, a little north of Amazon, near North 135th Street, in a former Sam’s Club location. The big box chain has another location in Seattle, in SoDo.

Amazon said wages at its new store start at $ 16.90 an hour, with comprehensive benefits and a $ 1,000 hiring bonus.

Signage along Aurora Avenue North for a new Amazon Fresh store. (Photo by GeekWire / Kurt Schlosser)

The company did not share any additional information, even if the store would introduce its “Just Walk Out” cashierless technology that started at Amazon Go convenience stores and has spread to a few new locations. The technology, which allows shoppers to pick up items and leave the store without having to queue to pay, is being used at the new Bellevue store, but not at the Central District location.

Amazon will also bring Just Walk Out to two Whole Foods stores starting next year and the technology will be used in four food and beverage stores within the new Climate Pledge Arena, where the Seattle Kraken will play their first NHL game at home next. week.

Amazon opened the first Fresh store in Woodland Hills, California, last year. It currently has locations in California, Illinois, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, DC and said Wednesday that two new stores have been confirmed for New Jersey, three more in Illinois and three more in California.

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