Amazon has announced it is indeed opening a new store on the Hill… First Hill!
Meanwhile, CHS has learned about a major project planned by QFC to prepare its Pike at Broadway Harvard Market store for competition from Amazon’s so far unannounced but under construction supermarket down the street.
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First, on CHS, you’ll want to read the comments., CHS commenter FirstHillFirst broke the news last week that a new Amazon Go shop is coming to 1001 Minor Ave in “luxury” apartment building The Perry. A check of the city’s permit records showed FHF knows their stuff. Monday, Amazon included the store in its announcement of new openings “coming soon.”
Second, with the larger than usual, onetime planned to be store #1 Amazon grocery store under construction on E Pike, QFC isn’t waiting around for the competition. City permit filings show the grocery giant is readying a plan for a major overhaul of its 46,000-square-foot Harvard Market store. With a base construction budget of around $1.65 million, expect some major changes but a company spokesperson says the plan is for the grocery to remain open during construction and that there will be more details on the planned changes to come.
Meanwhile, don’t get too excited about another, smaller construction project at QFC’s other Broadway store. Yes, there are new doors installed on the grocery’s notoriously shuttered backside — but they’re not for every day use. “The new doors on the back corner of the store are closed permanently and are only available for emergency use,” a company spokesperson says.
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