Amazon’s food retail business has set its sights on New York as the place to launch a brand new convenience store format

Retailer Whole Foods Market plans to introduce a new, quick-shop store format and give customers in towns and cities a “quick, convenient shopping experience”, with easier access to fresh, high-quality products.

The first Whole Foods Market Daily Shop outlet will open later this year on Third Avenue in New York’s Upper East Side neighbourhood, with additional openings across the city and in others to follow.

The convenience stores are set to range between 7,000 and 14,000 square feet, around a quarter to half the footprint of an average Whole Foods Market store. This will enable them to establish themselves in dense, metropolitan areas.

The group said Daily Shop will provide “a convenient option for grab-and-go meals and snacks, weekly essentials, and a quick, easy destination to pick up ingredients to complete a meal”.

The stores will offer an “ample selection” of fresh, seasonal produce, alongside other key food and drink items.

The new store will be the first Whole Foods Market store in Manhattan to offer Juice & Java, a coffee shop that also serves fresh pressed juices.

“At our new store formats, we’re tailoring every square foot to the unique, fast-paced needs of urban lifestyles,” said Christina Minardi, executive vice-president for growth and development at Whole Foods Market and Amazon.

“We’re excited to introduce a new way for our customers to quickly pick up their Whole Foods Market favourites – from grab-and-go meals to that last-minute dinner ingredient – making the early morning or after work grocery trips more efficient and enjoyable.”

She added: “Expanding our footprint with Whole Foods Market Daily Shop is key to our growth, fostering deeper customer connections, and advancing our purpose to nourish people and the planet.”