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Amazon is being super hush-hush about its new grocery store concept which has its first-ever—but still not open to the public—location in Woodland Hills. Even as the store and its green and grey exterior are complete, Amazon has yet to announce the concept’s name or what customers can expect. An incoming North Hollywood location, on the ground floor of the new Lankershim and Otsego (L + O) apartments, is no exception.
Under the name Amazon Retail, LLC, the e-commerce giant is quietly swapping out what was supposed to be a 365 by Whole Foods on the ground-floor of L + O for its new Amazon Grocery. The 365 brand—which was acquired by Amazon—was abandoned by the company last year and in its place, a Whole Foods Market was supposed to open.
Now, nearing its opening after a buildout that started in late-2019, Amazon Grocery will soon start serving customers, at 5101 North Lankershim Boulevard, Suites 100 and 200.
While the incoming grocery store staff prepares to open by “late summer,” according to a L + O apartments employee, the space is still absent of signage revealing the name, and the store does not exist online.
“We have no idea what grocery store is opening here other than it’s going to be premium,” the employee Wednesday told What Now Los Angeles over the phone. “Even with orientation underway in the store, everyone’s lips are sealed.”
An. application filed with the City of Los Angeles earlier this year reveals more details surrounding the inbound grocery store. “Amazon Retail LLC will provide a full-service grocery store that will benefit the surrounding community by providing goods and services that are advantageous to the neighborhood,” according to the filing. “The addition of this grocery store will enhance the surrounding community by offering a unique and necessary “one-stop” shopping experience in which nearby residents, neighbors, and tourists can purchase grocery items, medicine, household products, beverages, and/or other necessary retail items.”
Amazon Retail LLC expects to employ up to 200 people at the grocery store, according to the filing. “Join us as we launch a new Amazon grocery store in Los Angeles,” a job listing for the North Hollywood Amazon Grocery states. “We are passionate about creating a shopping experience that customers will love. If you are customer-obsessed, like learning new things, and want to contribute to end-to-end store operations for a new business, this is the place for you!”
Planned hours of operation for the 26,018-square-foot grocery store are 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. daily.
Several Amazon Grocery stores are expected to pop-up all around SoCal including an under-construction outpost in Porter Ranch which replaces a Whole Foods Market.