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Amazon reportedly plotting ‘drive-thru’ grocery stores

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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.”

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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.

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