Amazon announced on Thursday, March 3rd that they are closing 68 stores throughout the country including 2 in Minnesota.

A statement made by Amazon indicated that they would be shifting their brick and mortar strategy, which was started back in 2015 with a campus store for students and grew into additional stores as well as purchasing Whole Foods.  The shift unfortunately will be ending jobs for 68 retail locations, including 2 in Minnesota.

List of Amazon retail stores that will be closing in 2022

Below are the retail stores that will be closing over the next few months.

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  • All Amazon Books stores
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  • Amazon 4-star stores including the following in Minnesota:
    • 1595 Highway 36 W, Ste 195, Roseville, MN 55113
    • 153 South Avenue, Bloomington, MN 55425, 1st floor of the Mall of America
  • Pop Up stores

Amazon will continue to remain in the retail industry with a focus on the following stores in Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, and throughout the United States

If you are freaking out a bit because Whole Foods is part of the Amazon world, no need to worry.  Amazon is continuing in the retail space that has a focus on groceries as well as other retail stores featuring apparel.  Below are the stores that will remain part of their focus according to USAToday.com.

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Amazon Go is their grocery store that features a cashierless concept.

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Whole Foods and Amazon Fresh will remain open.

Amazon did state that they will be helping the employees that are impacted by the store closings find new roles within the company.  Hopefully, all employees will find a new role in the company that fits with their skills and talents.

12 Items That Are Experiencing Shortages in 2022

As you are creating your online grocery order or shopping at the grocery store, you may have already noticed that we are seeing store shelves that aren't quite as full. Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois shoppers are experiencing these shortages as they are out shopping but it has also been noticeable throughout the entire country. According to USAToday.com, the following items could be sparse on store shelves due to a large variety of reasons including some of the following: COVID, global supply chain disruptions, and weather-related events.