February 27, 2017 – The word is out that Amazon has applied for a liquor license for the super secret grocery store being built in the Ballard area of Seattle. The drive through 9,700 square-foot grocery store lets customers place orders online for pick up in a 15 minute to two-hour window. If shoppers do actually walk into the store, they will be handed a tablet and then wait in a “retail room” for the order to be picked, packed and delivered to them.
The store will offer beer and wine but what about “carding” the purchaser to make sure they are of legal age? Amazon will have to resort to the old fashioned system of employing a human being for the job.
The store is scheduled to open soon but there’s no official date. Last year Amazon opened its first Amazon Go convenience store in Seattle. This allowed shoppers to fill their baskets and walk out of the store without waiting in a checkout line. All purchases are tracked on a computer and charged online.
Rumor has it that a second drive through grocery store is planned for Seattle plus two in Silicon Valley.