Amazon plans to reverse the slowdown in growth and layoffs at Whole Foods, which marked the years before the e-commerce giant took over the supermarket chain.
Amazon plans to build and expand Whole Foods stores in the US to bring more customers within reach of the e-commerce giant's two-hour delivery service, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The move would bring Whole Foods to more suburbs and other areas of the natural grocer adding new customers rapidly since the merger in 201
Amazon and Whole Foods declined to comment on new construction or spending on business.
One person familiar with the plans said Whole Foods employees visited potential retail space in parts of Idaho, southern Utah and Wyoming where the grocer no longer has any stores.
Amazon offers Prime Now, a two-hour delivery option for Prime Subscription Service members in more than 60 cities, and online Whole Foods store pick-up in just 30 minutes from nearly 30 cities.
Amazon plans to expand these services to nearly all of its approximately 475 Whole Foods stores in the US, according to another person familiar with the plans.
Amazon said in September that it would raise its minimum wage – including Whole Foods – to $ 15 an hour and that it would be a practice for granting stock grants to Whole Foods employees.
While sales have grown at Whole Foods, one of the people near the company, said that the profit is not. The best discounts have impacted margins at Whole Foods.
For the time being, Amazon is focusing on running prime programs in the Whole Foods stores, people say.