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Amazon will soon have no physical stores left in the Bay Area



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The tech giant announced it will close its four Amazon Go locations in San Francisco on April 1, putting an end to the cashier-less shopping experience that spurred a ban against cashless brick-and-mortar stores in the city. 

After the first two Amazon Go stores opened in 2018, the company was accused of discrimination since the shop required having both a bank card and a smartphone to shop. 

The company is also shuttering four Amazon Go locations in New York and Seattle, though it maintains that this is not the end of Amazon Go and new stores will open in the future. “We remain committed to the Amazon Go format, operate more than 20 Amazon Go stores across the U.S., and will continue to learn which locations and features resonate most with customers as we keep evolving our Amazon Go stores,” an Amazon spokesperson wrote in a statement sent to SFGATE.

The company will work with affected Amazon Go employees to identify new roles within Amazon, such as at fulfillment centers.

Amazon’s other local physical stores shuttered in 2022. Two bookstores in San Jose and Walnut Creek and three of the company’s 4-star stores in Berkeley, Corte Madera and Burlingame all have closed.

Just last week, we learned the company put its giant Dogpatch warehouse up for lease in San Francisco, and earlier this year, it abandoned a 29-acre property in the Bay Area suburb of Milpitas. Amazon also laid off 263 employees across six of its Sunnyvale offices earlier this year.


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