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Amazon Go to open in 2 more US cities

Amazon.com Inc. is opening Amazon Go stores in San Francisco and Chicago.

The San Francisco Chronicle first reported May 13 that the online marketplace is planning to open the cashierless convenience store in the city, saying company representatives recently informed the local government that they would be applying for required building permits. The store will reportedly be built near the city's Union Square, with a formal announcement expected "in a matter of weeks."

An Amazon representative declined to comment, the newspaper said.

Meanwhile, The Seattle Times reported May 14 that Amazon Go will open in San Francisco and Chicago, citing recent job postings on Amazon's website for store managers in both cities. The Times added that a company spokesperson confirmed that Amazon was planning to open stores in each city but did not specify when.

Real-estate tracker Curbed previously spotted a building permit for the construction of a 625-square-foot "Amazon store" in Chicago's Loop district, according to the Times report.

Amazon in January opened the first Amazon Go in Seattle. The cashierless store uses sensors and overhead cameras to track customers' purchases and automatically charges them through the mobile app when they leave, removing the need for checkout counters and queues.