Amazon Applies for Liquor License in San Francisco

The company wants to open a brick-and-mortar store at its local warehouse.

August 14, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO—Amazon is dipping its toe into the liquor store arena in San Francisco, as the company has filed for a permit to operate a storefront at its local warehouse, Business Insider reports. The brick-and-mortar store would be 200 square feet and provide Amazon with a base for delivering and selling beer, spirits and wine. The storefront would be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day but would deliver alcohol from 8 a.m. to midnight.

The company’s liquor license application highlights its desire to delivery alcohol through its Prime Now service, which already delivers alcohol in Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Washington, D.C., and parts of New York City.

Amazon also has been working on opening a second grocery store chain, with the first location scheduled for California. The company has been trying to find more ways to marry online orders and delivery, along with expanding its grocery outreach. Also recently, Amazon expanded its Counter program to include Rite Aid stores.