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Amazon opening 'first grocery store' in
California as alternative to Whole Foods

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Posted By: Imright, 11/11/2019 12:36:01 PM

Amazon announced it would be opening a new grocery store in California as the company looks to expand into the grocery market beyond its purchase of Whole Foods. "Amazon is opening a grocery store in Woodland Hills in 2020," a representative for the company told CNET on Monday. The company said the store would differ from Whole Foods but did not expand on its prices or offerings.The grocery store is being heralded as "Amazon's first grocery store," according to job listings. In 2017, Amazon purchased Whole Foods for $13 billion

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Reply 1 - Posted by: DVC 11/11/2019 12:54:29 PM (No. 232249)
Never been in a Whole Foods, and kinda turned off by the prissy, we-are-so-special kind of name. We have "Natural Grocers" around here, similarly, I am repelled by the uppity, lefty sounding, BS name and have never been in one, and won't be bothered. And since I avoid Amazon as much as possible, I will certainly not shop at their grocery stores.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: IowaMarinesDad 11/11/2019 1:18:46 PM (No. 232263)
I’m not a huge fan of Amazon BUT needed a part for my Cub Cadet mower. Went to the dealer. $107 with tax. Got home and put it on. Decided my blades needed replaced too. Went on Amazon to look at blades. Found the part that I had just bought on Amazon for $33 with free shipping. Still prefer to buy locally but come on !!! I’m always amazed by people that love Amazon but hate Walmart. I guess the media still has too much influence.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: DVC 11/11/2019 1:50:57 PM (No. 232297)
#2, nowdays, most of things bought "on Amazon" have nothing at all to do with Amazon except for the marketing power to get the search engines to jam Amazon to the top of the search, or the tendency of people to search Amazon for an item rather than to look for other sources. Amazon provides the checkout service, and in a great majority of the cases, the item is supplied by some other company. It used to be true that most/all books sold by Amazon were actually sold by Amazon. The last dozen or more books I bought on Amazon came from other sources, just Amazon checkout services. Your mower part could likely have been purchased online via a non-Amazon supplier for the same price or even less, since Amazon takes a cut of the profit on items it "handles". Amazon today is the ultimate 'middleman', leveraging their web presence to get you to see their ads before you see the ads from the actual suppliers. As an example. https://www.cubcadetpartsnmore.com/Cub-Cadet-Part-Diagrams I learned this by searching for parts for my old commercial mower, the company is long dead, but the mower is built like a tank, and if I can keep the ordinary maintenance parts going, the frame and basic machine looks like it will last forever. While I can afford a new one, I like the old machine.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: ROLFNader 11/11/2019 2:09:18 PM (No. 232311)
Did they ask if they would be able to have constant electric service ?
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Reply 5 - Posted by: JHHolliday 11/11/2019 2:47:38 PM (No. 232340)
Re #1. I have only been in one....the Whole Foods in Chattanooga, TN. Not impressed. Not only did it have a sort of leftish ambience but the produce looked stale and tired. My wife bout a fancy cookie and when we got home it had a piece of a balloon in it. How that got there is anybody's guess but I have never gone back.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: DVC 11/11/2019 3:33:40 PM (No. 232366)
Thank you for the scouting mission report, #5. Pretty much what I expected....except for the balloon. Hope it was a balloon fragment not something else. Ewww. I like my local small chain (in the city only) grocery stores, and also like and use Hy-Vee. An added feature of the Hy-Vee is that their gas station (discounts when you buy food) have by far the least expensive "no ethanol" gasoline in the area, which we use in all our small engines because of the problems when they sit, carb corrosion, and polymer disintegration in the fuel system (fuel lines become like macaroni, just crumble and shatter).
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Highlander 11/11/2019 3:37:49 PM (No. 232371)
Personally knowing certain kinds of people who worked in commercial bakeries, I say that was likely not a balloon.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Chuzzles 11/11/2019 4:03:36 PM (No. 232394)
I admit to some confusion here. Didn't Amazon absorb Whole Foods a year or so ago as a buy out or merger or something? If that still holds true, why would they compete against themselves?
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Reply 9 - Posted by: TXknitter 11/11/2019 7:32:26 PM (No. 232555)
Whole Foods are like my state’s HEB’s, some are better than others depending on location and management. Amazon did buy WF and the third quarter’s numbers were better than expected. Wal-Mart is so full of foreign-sourced food that I am most careful what I purchase there. I hate what Sam’s kids did to his original dream.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623 11/12/2019 2:04:52 AM (No. 232686)
If you sign up for recall alerts from the FDA, you will see Whole Foods on the list regularly for Listeria. No thanks
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