Amazon.com is laying the groundwork for entering the Twin Cities grocery delivery scene. The Seattle-based online retailer already owns and operates a packing facility in Shakopee, and is building a regional distribution center in the same city. More recently, Amazon leased a 35,000-foot warehouse space in southeast Minneapolis, describing its plans for the space in a letter to the City of Minneapolis:
Pending a customer order for delivery, the facility will temporarily store pre-packaged ambient foods (salty snacks, juice water, etc.) chilled (eggs, milk, yogurt, etc.) and frozen foods (frozen dinners, bread, ice cream, etc.). … When a customer orders a product from the online platform the item will be placed in bags and then delivered to the customer. … As needed, chilled and frozen food will be delivered in insulated cooler bags with dry ice and/or ice packs.
Although Amazon has yet to officially announce that its AmazonFresh service is launching in the area, it is clear that the company is laying the necessary groundwork.