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Amazon to launch its first grocery store in Los Angeles

By Ramla Soni

While being the first of its kind, the new store isn’t expected to use cashier-less technology

Amazon has begun hiring for a new grocery store that is to open in the neighbourhood of Woodland Hills, Los Angeles next year, according to a job posting on Amazon’s website.

Woodland Hills is the first of what is expected to be a new chain of grocery stores launched by the tech giant.

The new store isn’t expected to use cashier-less technology of the kind used in Amazon Go stores. Instead, a conventional checkout system is planned.

The store is hiring for full-time positions with “competitive wages and benefits” and has a starting pay rate of $16.90 (£13.17) for the role of “zone leader”, which is an in-store customer facing job.

The store will be housed in a shopping centre in a unit that may have formerly been a former Toys R Us location, according to information obtained from Google Maps.

Amazon currently has 17 Amazon Go stores in four US cities, and has rolled out physical Amazon Books stores, as well as Amazon 4-star stores, which sell consumer goods in the top performing categories on the online shop, such as electronics.

Earlier this month, the company said it was creating a $40m (£31m) innovation hub in Westborough, a town 35 miles west of Boston, Massachusetts. The centre is slated to open in 2021 and will create about 200 tech and advanced manufacturing jobs.

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