Reportedly Amazon Plans to expand Whole Foods stores in the US suburbs and other regions, according to the Wall Street Journal on Sunday. The goal is to include more customers in the range of two-hour Prime Now delivery service, which could help in growing Whole Foods at a rapid pace.
Currently, Amazon Prime Now delivery offers two-hours of delivery in more than 60 cities of the US and 30-minute-plus grocery pickup in nearly 30 cities. Amazon wants to expand those services to almost all its 475 Whole Foods store, as per the reports. One anonymous source also said that Whole Foods employees already move to the parts of Idaho, Wyoming, and southern Utah for the retail spaces they could set up.
These spaces will around 45,000 square feet, means they were slightly larger than the average Whole Foods store by 2,000 square feet. At the start of this year, Whole foods have expanded by launching multiple 365-branded stores. These stores were smaller than the Whole Foods’ typical brick-and-mortar presence because they were focused on locally made goods and offer more affordably priced groceries.
The expansion happens when other supermarket chains closed Stores and let the leases expire. And they left many retail spaces for whole foods and Amazon to take up as it was a great deal for the company. It causes an increase to North American sales to the tune of $34.3 billion in the late summer and fall, from which a fraction can be given to whole foods store.
While Amazon never shares their number of sales of the product categories rather they say more customers than ever. On the other hand, Walmart has their own online grocery shopping service with pickup and delivery options in the markets. Walmart claims that around $140 million people shop its stores weekly and 90 percent of Americans live within 10 miles of one of its locations. It makes Walmart a biggest competitor for the Amazon in terms of Delivery and fastest pickup options.