Amazon.com Inc. is in the process of acquiring several small retail spaces in the U.K. as it prepares to introduce its Amazon Go cashierless grocery stores in the country, The Times reported Oct. 7, citing sources.
According to the newspaper, the e-commerce giant is looking for 4,000-square-feet to 5,000-square-feet stores.
Amazon Go is the company's checkout-free grocery chain which uses scan-and-pay technology, enabling shoppers to make payments as they pick up products. It was launched in Seattle in January and was trademarked in the U.K. in 2016, the report said.
The company already has seven British grocery outlets through its acquisition of Whole Foods in 2017, The Times added.