Amazon opened its 8th Amazon Go store in the world this morning inside one of its offices in Seattle. Unlike other Amazon Go stores that have launched to date, which are on the order of 2,000 square feet, this new Amazon Go store is only 450 square feet.
Amazon Go Vice President Gianna Puerini gave CNN a tour of the new space, which unlike other Amazon Go stores is only open to employees and their guests. It is located on the 6th floor of the Macy’s building at 300 Pine St, we believe.
Puerini says the concept behind the compact format stores is that they can go into spaces like lobbies of office buildings and hospitals as well as communal office space. You can bring it in in pieces and assemble it on-site, she told Reuters. This experimental store is adjacent to an employee cafe. It uses the same technology as other Amazon Go stores, and stocks grab-and-go items like Whole Foods brand fruit, yogurt, and snacks.
Rumors have been circulating lately that Amazon is looking at putting Amazon Go stores in airports as well. That would be a new twist on the urban locations Amazon has developed so far in Seattle, Chicago, and San Francisco. Airport locations would be a good way for Amazon to spread awareness of the Go concept to a national audience more quickly.
Amazon is also rumored to be looking at space in the West End of London for its first Amazon Go in the UK.
We’ve updated our TJI Amazon Physical Retail Map to reflect the new Amazon Go store launching today.