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AmazonFresh delivery coming to the Twin Cities?

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.

The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal has the story.

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