Amazon opened the new location on September 1st to exclusively serve customers in the Brooklyn area. In its announcement, the company said that grocery delivery continues to be one of its fastest-growing businesses and that online grocery sales tripled year-over-year for the second quarter of 2020. “[W]e’re thrilled to increase access to grocery delivery. It’s never been more important,” the announcement reads.
While the new location could help Whole Foods fulfill the bigger demand for grocery delivery these days, Amazon actually started working on the project a year ago. Since people need access to online services now more than ever, it might not be the last permanent online-only store Amazon and Whole Foods open.