Amazon is the quintessential online mega-corporation, but that doesn’t mean it can’t start monopolising your high street either.
That’s because Amazon could be plotting to build physical grocery stores in real-world locations.
According to a new report by the Silicon Valley Business Journal, Amazon wants to set up a ‘drive-thru’ grocery store.
The idea is simple: you order items online, schedule a pick-up time, and grab your goods on the way home from work.
The report claims Amazon’s first location will be in Sunnyvale, California.
It’s alleged that a real estate developer has already submitted plans for a 11,600-square-foot building and ‘grocery pick-up area’ at 777 Sunnyvale Saratoga Road.
The site in question would have eight car bays for picking up groceries.
But the Sunnyvale spot might only be the beginning, as the report explains: “My sources said Amazon is planning a rollout of the concept that could eventually encompass multiple sites in Silicon Valley.”
This isn’t an entirely new venture for Amazon; the company has already offered online grocery shopping since 2007 as part of its AmazonFresh initiative – that's tipped for an imminent UK launch.
However, this would be the first time Amazon has held a brick-and-mortar outlet dedicated to peddling groceries.
Amazon hasn’t made any official comments on the matter yet.