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05/29/2020

Report: Amazon opening new grocery store in Chicago suburb

Dan Berthiaume
Senior Editor, Technology
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Amazon is reportedly making good on plans to expand its new brick-and-mortar grocery concept beyond Southern California.

According to the Daily Herald, Amazon has confirmed it is opening a nearly 43,000-sq.-ft. grocery store at the site of a former Babies ‘R’ Us store in Schaumburg, Ill., in 2020. The site is located within the Schaumburg Corners Shopping Center.

The permit for the store indicates it will include an 862-sq.-ft. dine-in restaurant area. Amazon representatives said the store will feature traditional checkout, rather than the frictionless “Amazon Go” self-checkout experience.

Amazon is rapidly accelerating development of a long-rumored chain of brick-and-mortar grocery stores (not in the Whole Foods or Amazon Go formats) across the U.S. The e-tail giant recently opened two “dark stores” that, at least for the time being, are strictly focused on fulfilling online grocery stores in the Los Angeles area.

In October 2019, Amazon signed leases for over a dozen brick-and-mortar retail stores in Los Angeles-area locations. Those stores measure about 35,000-sq.-ft. According to CNBC, Amazon plans to open other grocery stores in San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago (Schaumburg is a Chicago suburb), Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia.