It’s not every day the Whole Foods Market in University Place has people outside waiting for the store to open.
That was before Amazon sailed in to sell you cheaper bananas.
Local Whole Foods officials told The News Tribune that people were lined up waiting when the doors opened Monday morning at the store, 3515 Bridgeport Way W.
Most probably wanted to see for themselves the price reductions Amazon has promised since its $13.7 billion acquisition of the grocery chain, which was announced in June. Monday was Amazon’s first day as the chain’s new owner.
A sign hung above the store’s doors heralding the new era.
Inside, many of the same Amazon-promoted deals announced nationwide were found, including price reductions on organic bananas, organic avocados, rotisserie chicken and organic eggs.
Online Monday, Amazon’s home page also had a banner touting Whole Foods and immediate changes at the store.
According to Amazon: “Customers can enjoy lower prices on products like Whole Trade bananas, organic avocados, organic large brown eggs, responsibly farmed salmon and tilapia, organic baby kale and baby lettuce, animal-welfare-rated 85 percent lean ground beef, creamy and crunchy almond butter, organic Gala and Fuji apples, organic rotisserie chicken, 365 Everyday Value organic butter, and much more.”
Shoppers eventually will be able to get discounts at Whole Foods using their Amazon Prime membership accounts. Amazon delivery lockers also will be coming to some locations.
No word yet on whether the UP store will be one of the locker sites.
While the University Place store doesn’t have the Amazon Echo or Dot for sale (for now), other stores were spotted on social media with “farm fresh, pick of the season” Echoes.
Amazon gained more than 400 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.