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Amazon looking at more Idaho Whole Foods stores: report

The Wall Street Journal reports retail giant Amazon is considering bulking up its Whole Foods chain, and could be looking at the Gem State for more stores.

In the Rocky Mountain region, one person familiar with the plans said, Whole Foods employees have visited potential retail spaces in parts of Idaho, southern Utah and Wyoming, where the grocer doesn’t have stores now.

Wall Street Journal

Currently, Whole Foods has just one store in Idaho, on Broadway Ave. near St. Luke’s Boise. The WSJ report did not indicate where in Idaho additional stores could be located.

The idea is to build slightly larger stores that would allow the retailer/streamer/cloud computing company to bring its 2-hour delivery to more areas in the country.

Other more traditional retailers, including Boise-based Albertsons are looking to speed innovation, delivery and pickup options as Amazon aggressively moves into the grocery space. In the Boise valley, Walmart, Fred Meyer, Costco and Albertsons all offer delivery or “drive up and go” services.

Amazon is also targeting construction of a distribution center in Nampa, though the company will not confirm its plans. A local distribution center could bring same-day delivery to many local addresses.

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