Amazon Go isn't coming to a corner near you
An artist's rendering of a drive-through grocery store being considered in Sunnyvale, Calif. There have been rumors that it may be being built for Amazon but Amazon will not comment.
SAN FRANCISCO — The cool Amazon Go store in Seattle that lets customers walk in, grab food and walk out without going through a checkout line isn't coming to your town anytime soon — though Seattle might be getting a drive-through Amazon pickup grocery.
The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week that Amazon was working on multiple grocery store formats and envisioned opening more than 2,000 stores across the United States.
Amazon wants to squash those rumors. The company has no plans to open 2,000 of anything, it said. In a statement emailed to USA TODAY, the Seattle-based e-tailer said, "Not even close. We are still learning."
"We have no plans to open 2,000 of anything. Not even close. We are still learning," said Amazon spokeswoman Pia Arthur.
Not only that, but Amazon says it's not planning on building any large, 30,000- to 40,000-square-foot grocery stores that combine grocery shopping with click-and-deliver options as well.
"It's not correct. We have no plans to build such a store," Arthur said.
The one thing Amazon did not address in its blanket denial was reports that it's going to open a drive-through grocery store pick up location in Ballard, an increasingly hip neighborhood north of Seattle's downtown.
To use the proposed Seattle location, customers would schedule a 15-minute to 2-hour pick-up window, then drive to a designated parking area to pick up purchased items or walk into a retail area to pick up items, according to planning documents.
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