2nd Amazon site coming to Whittier, but this one will be closer in size to convenience store – Whittier Daily News
A second Amazon store will open in Whittier, but this new store will be more the size of a large convenience store.
The Whittier Planning Commission on Tuesday, Jan. 18, approved a 4,038-square-foot “small-format retail market” at the now-closed Stereo Super Stores site at 14249 Whittier Blvd., also formerly a Music Plus store.
About a year ago, an Amazon Fresh supermarket opened in Whittier on the site of a former Orchard Supply Hardware store across from Whittwood town centre.
While Amazon in an email declined to comment, its business plan submitted to the city said the market will offer a wide variety of products, including deli meats, dairy and cheese products, and a small selection of household items and personal care items.
There will also be hot and cold dishes prepared on site, according to the plan.
“I’m super excited,” Councilman Fernando Dutra, whose district includes the property, said in a phone interview Wednesday. “Amazon wouldn’t invest in the city if it didn’t believe in it.”
Ben Pongetti, acting director of community development, said the new store would be beneficial to the area.
“A lot of people like to get in and out of a store quickly,” Pongetti said.
A second 1,457 square foot store will be next door and has also been approved. City staff are not aware of any business that will go to this site, according to the city staff report.
The commission also voted to allow Amazon to sell alcoholic beverages. The area, which has only one store with a liquor license, is not considered too concentrated, said Ellen Fitzgerald, senior planner.
The proposed Amazon store appears to be closer to its AmazonGo convenience stores, some of which are even smaller than the new Whittier store. According to reports, many of these stores do not have cashiers.