By now, Amazon is a household name to many families across the world. From the convenience Amazon brings, and the two day shipping a Prime Membership offers, Amazon practices the definition of success. Owner Jeff Bazos has an estimated net worth of $200 billion.
In August of 2018, Amazon decided to extend its horizons and offer access to physical stores. Primarily located in the West coast, these physical stores created more revenue than Bazos originally anticipated. Amazon has decided to extend these openings to the rest of the United States. The first one in Missouri was opened in St. Louis on September 23, 2020 in the Galleria Mall.
An Amazon store is designed to help customers discover products they will love. It’s a physical store that carries a highly curated selection of products from the top categories across amazon.com including devices, consumer electronics, toys, games, books, kitchen, home, and more. Sections includes a “Most-Wished-For” section, “If You Like, Then You’ll Love” pairings, “Highly-Rated” tables, and more.
Hannibal-LaGrange University student Rebecca Sheridan has shopped on Amazon.com many times but was excited to have a physical location for more urgent needs. “I am so excited that Amazon is opening their first store in St. Louis. It will be great for the city to have the first store! They have such a wide variety of things that will meet anyone’s needs, especially as a student,” Sheridan said.
Tori Young, a business major at HLGU is also excited to see what this addition brings to St. Louis as a city. “I think that St. Louis would benefit from having a physical Amazon store. I would really like to visit it, and I’ve heard really great things about them. I can’t wait to see all of the products that it offers,” Young said.
After picking up items for purchase, you can visit the checkout registers. There, Prime discounts are applied, and if you don’t have an account, you can easily sign up. You are even allowed to pay directly through your Amazon app. During the grand opening, the store featured a table devoted to what’s trending in St. Louis, which included the Azul board game and a salad spinner.
- Kamey Tyler / October 1, 2020 / HLGU Vanguard