While Amazon has previously opened a handful of temporarily online-only stores, sometimes called "dark" stores, the latest Whole Foods store to receive this designation is apparently going to keep it. Amazon's dark stores are Whole Foods locations that are not open to the public. Instead, they are used as warehouses and fulfillment centers, speeding up the delivery of online orders. This, Amazon's first permanently online-only store, is a Whole Foods store located in Brooklyn.
Amazon says its online sales tripled year-over-year in the second quarter of this year, but planning for the new outlet in Brooklyn’s Industry City area began more than a year ago, before the coronavirus was on anyone’s mind.