Amazon Go targets Chicago, San Francisco for new stores

Cashier-less store coming to Illinois

Cashier-less store coming to Illinois

Amazon says expansion of this project means stores in Chicago and San Francisco.

"As Amazon continues its aggressive expansion and historic innovation, many US cities are being treated to remarkable perks, including Free two-hour alcohol delivery, self-checkout grocery stores, and unlabeled, unpackaged returns to Kohl's". Remember the Amazon Go store in Seattle? In case you missed it, the delivery behemoth unveiled a store in which shoppers don't need to worry about checking out. The customers are automatically charged for the items they've picked up once they leave the store and a receipt is sent to the app.

Curbed Chicago reports that a building permit was filed for an "Amazon Store" across from the James R. Thompson Center in the downtown Loop area, while the San Francisco Chronicle reports permits were filed for a space in Union Square at Post and Kearny streets. Amazon employees have been testing the store, which is at the bottom floor of the company's Seattle headquarters, for about a year.

Amazon Go is part of a broader push by Amazon into physical retail, including its acquisition of Whole Foods, its Amazon Books stores, and AmazonFresh Pickup locations.

But Amazon Go is unlike its other stores. If the item is placed back on the shelf, it is removed from the virtual cart. The store, which opened to the public on Monday, allows shoppers to scan their smartphone with the Amazon Go app at a turnstile, pick out the items they want and leave. "It would also depend on what products they have", said Suzanne Maso, who may use the store.

However, as per sources, Amazon is now hiring for managers for similar stores in San Francisco and Chicago.

According to CNN Money, Seattle's location doesn't use Whole Foods branding but does stock the 365 brand that the chain specializes in.