Amazon is closing eight of its Amazon Go shops together with two in New York Metropolis, efficient early this Spring. The corporate confirmed the closures in an e mail to Gizmodo however clarified the one shops affected had been people who had minimal impression on prospects.
An Amazon spokesperson mentioned in an emailed assertion to Gizmodo, “Like several bodily retailer, we periodically assess our portfolio of shops and make optimization choices alongside the best way. On this case, we’ve determined to shut a small variety of Amazon Go shops in Seattle, New York Metropolis, and San Francisco.”
The spokesperson was not capable of present further data or specifics concerning what components attributed to these shops being closed, saying solely that it’s a typical enterprise apply to open and shut shops after assessing their success.
The closures, which had been first reported by Geekwire, embody the placement on the cross-section of Maiden Lane and Pearl, and the shop on Park Ave South in New York Metropolis in addition to two in Seattle, and 4 in San Francisco. The corporate mentioned in an e mail to Gizmodo that the Seattle shops have been quickly closed for a while, including now that they’re being closed completely, it should have little to no impression on Amazon’s native prospects.
Regardless of the current closures, Amazon says it’s persevering with to open shops across the nation together with its new location in Puyallup, Washington, and is working to determine different job alternatives throughout the firm inside different native Amazon Go shops and Amazon Operations websites corresponding to some success facilities. The Amazon Go shops are scheduled to shut on April 1 however will proceed regular operations till then, the corporate advised Gizmodo.
“We stay dedicated to the Amazon Go format, function greater than 20 Amazon Go shops throughout the U.S., and can proceed to be taught which places and options resonate most with prospects as we hold evolving our Amazon Go shops,” the spokesperson mentioned.
The closures come as Amazon paused the second part of development on its new headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. Zach Goldsztejn, an Amazon spokesperson, mentioned in an e mail to Gizmodo that the pause in development was not indicative of the current stories of Amazon’s world mass layoffs. He clarified that the pause resulted from part one’s completion which created sufficient workplace house for the 8,000 native staff the corporate had already employed.
Up to date 3/3/2023 at 5:00 p.m ET: added further context from Amazon.