Amazon in talks to expand grocery concept to St. Louis

ST. LOUIS – Amazon is in talks to open a grocery store in Sunset Hills, the St. Louis Business Journal has learned.

The e-commerce company is partnering with commercial real estate company Sansone Group to convert the vacant Toys “R” Us storefront in the Shoppes in Sunset Hills, 3600 S. Lindbergh Blvd., into an Amazon Fresh grocery store, according to several locals Real estate sources.

It would be the first Amazon Fresh in the state of Missouri. The company operates a dozen locations in California and the Chicago area, according to its website.

An Amazon spokesman told the Business Journal that it “does not comment on any rumors or speculation”. Sansone Group officials could not be reached for comment.

Sansone, who owns the Sunset Hills Shoppes, has stood before Sunset Hills City officials several times this year to set up a Community Improvement District (CID) for the property, though the tenant’s name was never disclosed to the CID anchor.

On Tuesday, the Sansone Group informed the Sunset Hills Board of Aldermen that it could not share the name of the grocery chain it is talking to, but said the tenant at the Shoppes, a 9.5-acre mall, sold at least 25,000 Square meters that would be 81% free. Sunset Hills city manager and city clerk Brittany Gillett said Sansone also failed to give the city the name of the grocery chain.

Sansone Group is aiming to establish a CID that will levy 1% sales tax to fund some of the renovation costs as well as infrastructure improvements, including access to shops from Watson Road and the neighboring Helen Fitzgerald’s restaurant.

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