Amazon on Hiring Spree to Open First Amazon Fresh Grocery Store in Bucks County

Amazon Fresh Bucks County Inc. is preparing to open its first Amazon Fresh grocery store in the region at Creekview Center off Easton Road in Warrington.

The store will be housed in roughly 35,000 square feet of 49,000 square feet of a former Giant. The Seattle company is hiring “hundreds of employees” in full and part-time positions at the store and hasn’t set an opening date, according to an Amazon spokeswoman. “We’re working hard to get our store ready for customers,” the spokeswoman said.

In a reflection of how challenging it has become to attract employees in grocery, fast food, restaurant, hospitality and other industries, Amazon said it has set starting wages for the Warrington store at a minimum of $15 an hour, will offer benefits and a $1,500 signing bonus.

Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) owns and operates Whole Foods Market and Amazon Fresh is billed as a new low-price concept. It introduced the Amazon Fresh store in August 2020 in Woodland Hills, California. The stores incorporate several new technologies including its Amazon Dash Cart, which gives a customer the option to avoid a check-out line, as well as help from its digital assistant, Alexa, which will provide a customer information about where to find a product in a store.

Amazon has been eyeing various locations across the region to expand its grocery concept. In addition to Warrington, it is planning to open another store in Bucks County in 41,000 square feet of a former Kmart at the Brookwood Shopping Center on Street Road in Bensalem as well as in about 40,000 square feet at a mixed-use project at 5th and Spring Garden in Philadelphia. 

*Article courtesy of Philadelphia Business Journal

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