Amazon has opened its latest Amazon Fresh grocery store in Fairfax, Va., last week, and has plans on tap for three more stores in Northern Virginia, meaning hundreds of full- and part-time jobs for the area.
The new Fairfax store includes Just Walk Out shopping, which enables customers to skip the checkout line. Customers who opt for Just Walk Out shopping can enter the store by scanning the In-Store QR code in their Amazon app, using Amazon One, or by inserting a credit or debit card to open the Just Walk Out gates. Once inside, customers shop like normal. Anything they take off the shelf is automatically added to their virtual cart, and anything they put back on the shelf comes out of their virtual cart. At the end of their trip, Just Walk Out customers simply scan or insert their entry method again to exit, reports Progressive Grocer.
“We welcome the Amazon team and Amazon Fresh to the city of Fairfax. We’re excited to have a new, cost-effective grocery store that has created hundreds of good, quality jobs, and that is invested in our local community. We are also excited about the technology that this store brings to the grocery store marketplace,” said Fairfax Mayor David Meyer. “We’re thrilled Amazon has decided to bring this technology to Fairfax — a city that embraces innovation and technology — for the benefit of our residents, office workers and visitors.”
The approximately 30,000-square-foot store offers a wide assortment of high-quality produce like 365 by Whole Foods Market organics, along with meat, seafood, and a range of prepared foods made fresh in store every day. In addition to national brands, the Fairfax store offers local brands, too, reports Progressive Grocer.
The Fairfax Amazon Fresh store will also help support the surrounding area by donating eligible unsold food from the store to local food banks, including the Capital Area Food Bank.
Less than 20 miles away from the Fairfax location, Amazon Fresh has plans for three more stores in Lorton, Manassas and Arlington. The company is currently hiring for hundreds of full- and part-time positions for these three locations.