Cashierless Amazon stores coming to Chicago

Cashier-less store coming to Illinois

Amazon is opening its first Amazon Go stores outside of Seattle, with cashierless store locations slated for Chicago and San Francisco.

The company confirmed that Amazon Go stores would open in the two cities, but did not specify when, the Tribune said.

The company confirmed Monday that Amazon Go stores would open in the two cities, but didn't say when, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. In response, Amazon's vice president said this move "forces us to question our growth here". In San Francisco, an Amazon Go store could be placed near Union Square, although the exact location is expected to be revealed in the coming weeks due to necessary building permits.

On offer at the store are delicious ready-to-eat breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack options made fresh every day by Amazon's on-site chefs and favorite local kitchens and bakeries. As many as six stores could open this year, according to Recode.

Ever since the opening of the first Amazon Go store this past January, there have been hints from executives that expansion is a given.

The store features a simple setup, where a customer scans a smartphone app to start shopping, then can take things off the shelves and just walk out. No checkout is required; people are charged for the items they take shortly after leaving the store. Each store will also have staff members who will be there to make sure the shelves are restocked and assist new customers who are hesitant about how it all works.

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