Amazon’s partly automated retail store, Amazon Go, debuted with a location in Seattle in January, but a new report suggests that expansion plans are already underway. “Multiple people familiar with the company’s plans” told Recode that Amazon could open as many as six new stores by the end of 2018.
Most of these stores would be in Seattle, but Amazon also reportedly wants to expand beyond its home turf by opening one store in Los Angeles. It has spoken with the developer of The Grove, a large shopping plaza in the heart of LA just minutes from Hollywood and Beverly Hills. It’s essentially an upscale, outdoor shopping mall—which is a common structure in LA. Amazon has previously debuted services in LA first after trialing them in Seattle, such as its Amazon Fresh grocery delivery service. LA will also be the first area to be served by a new shipping service planned by the company.
As for the Seattle stores, one source told Recode that Amazon had already identified three new locations last year.
Source:: Arstechnica – Gadgets