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Amazon Opens First Drive-Through Grocery Store

AmazonFresh Pickup Opens Drive Through Grocery
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* AmazonFresh Pickup lets you order groceries in advance — and grab them and go
* Slightly higher prices than regular supermarket — you’re paying for convenience
* Service only available in Seattle for now, with plans to expand soon

You’ve heard of the drive-through window at the McDonald’s, but now Amazon is introducing a drive-through grocery store. First announced back in March, the new service is dubbed AmazonFresh Pickup and is officially live at two locations in Seattle.

Here’s how it works: log into Amazon and place your grocery order. The “stores” carry everything you’d find at your local supermarket, including milk, meat and fresh produce. Once you check out, drive to the store and an employee will cart out your bags and help load it into your trunk. Easy right?

The service is free for Prime members, and there is no minimum order amount.

There are some caveats: AmazonFresh Pickup is only currently available at the SODO and Ballard neighborhoods in Seattle (though there are plans to expand the service soon). A second note: expect to be paying a little more than you would at a regular grocery store for certain items. Still, like the saying goes, you can’t put a price on convenience.