The transformation of Whole Foods is underway
Amazon is looking to convert larger Whole Foods stores into distribution centers for delivering goods to online shoppers more quickly.
According to a report from Bloomberg, Amazon is seeking space in stores that can accommodate grocery aisles and storage for the most popular items purchased from Amazon’s website, such as consumer electronics, bestselling books and yoga pants.
Whole Foods is also working with Regency Centers Corp., one of its largest landlords, on a project to convert parking areas at existing stores into stalls for Amazon delivery contractors to load up their orders, Bloomberg reported.
John Nahas, vice president of investments for Regency Centers, confirmed to Bloomberg that Whole Foods representatives have asked for larger retail spaces and parking stall installations in areas with high concentrations of Amazon Prime subscribers. Regency Centers owns and oversees 28 Whole Foods properties across the U.S. “We continue to see signs of Amazon’s further integration with Whole Foods,” Nahas said.
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