Amazon ‘plan to open physical shops in UK’s struggling high streets’

The online giant has reportedly invited bids from potential partners to find reltail space across the South for its Amazon Go stores.

Amazon issued a request for real estate brokers in October and selected a representative in the same month, according to documents seen by The Daily Mail.

The stores will reportedly be built in London or Surrey, Kent, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Essex and Middlesex.

Amazon has not confirmed that these first steps have been taken or that the company is planning to build brick and mortar versions of their online shop.

It is unclear if an agreement has been signed from the documents prepared by Amazon’s real estate planning boss.

It has been reported that the stores will be between 4,000 and 5,000 square-feet.

There are nine Amazon Go shops in the US that sell ready-to-eat food and take-home meal kits.

Customers use the Amazon Go app and the items they take from the shelves are added to a “virtual trolley" and then automatically charged from their account with the firm when the leave the store.

“Computer vision” and machine learning are what is used to detect when goods are taken off the shelf.

The US shops are in city centre locations and if they were to be rolled out in the UK it could be on major high streets.

The Sun Online has approached Amazon UK for comment.

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