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Amazon Go to Open First Suburban Location

New units coming outside Seattle and Los Angeles
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SEATTLE — Amazon Go, the “just walk out” frictionless checkout store, is expanding beyond cities and into the suburbs with a new store format to serve customers “closer to their home.”

The first suburban Amazon Go is due to open in Mill Creek, Wash., “in the coming months,” according to details Amazon provided to CSP Daily News. The company also intends to open another suburban location in the Los Angeles metroplex in the coming months.

The Mill Creek store will be approximately 6,150 square feet, including front and back of house. Front of house will be approximately 3,240 square feet. Store products will include grab-and-go food, snacks and beverage items, and a few everyday essentials. The store will also carry a full selection of beer and wine, including local brands.

The first Amazon Go opened January 2018 in Seattle, sparking a cross-industry fascination with cashierless checkout technology across the country. The Seattle-based company now operates 24 locations in urban markets, including Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago and New York.

The technology behind Amazon Go has been implemented into a number of new concepts. Amazon opened its first Amazon Go Grocery in Seattle in February 2020. In 2021, small-format retailer Hudson News opened a store with “just walk out” technology in the Dallas Love Field airport (DAL).

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