There is an Amazon Go about 3 blocks from work, so I went yesterday at about 11:30am (Seattle). I liked it.
The thrill was obviously gone because there was about 3 other customers in the store while I was there. No lines or anything. Walked in and there was girl who didn’t have the app on her phone and an employee was trying to help her download it so she could go in. I was prepared, so just scanned and went in.
It really isn’t a convenience store like I expected it to be, it’s a fast food place. The kind of food you would see in a convenience store though, just more of it. There are chips, drinks, snacks of all sorts, and then there are your pre-made stuff: salads, sandwiches, wraps, etc. Honestly, I was worried about time so I didn’t give a good look at everything they had, but there was a pretty good selection. It was only stuff you would get for lunch, you aren’t going to buy a gallon of milk or car air fresheners in one.
So I grabbed a kale Cesar salad, a candy bar, and a can of Coke. After you exit the turnstile, there is a place with microwaves, plastic utensils, etc. It felt really weird just leaving and not paying a cashier.
Then I left to go back to work and a I got a message on my watch that I had been in the store for 2.5 minutes and to check the app for my receipt. $5.50. It wasn’t a huge salad, but it was enough for me. Can’t say it was a great salad, but it was good, especially for that price.
I was impressed. I wish all stores could be like that, but I guess that isn’t possible on a bigger scale. Even if there isn’t a line, it was nice just grabbing what I wanted and leaving. Not having to scan anything or deal with a cashier. There was also a nice variety of stuff to grab for lunch.
The thing is though, there are so many lunch options in the middle of downtown Seattle that there isn’t much of a reason to go to one unless you want a cheap lunch. Which I guess is why there weren’t many people in there at 11:30 on a Friday. People are going to any of the other options.