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Where Amazon’s Physical Growth Isn’t So Explosive

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Amazon has a voracious appetite for physical space for its warehouse and other facilities. Paris showed that vividly in her story today about how dramatically the company has increased its physical footprint over the past couple years (by six Disneylands-worth of space, doubling its U.S. real estate holdings over that time, she writes).

But there’s a category of real estate that we didn’t cover in the story for which Amazon’s space needs were a bit less...voracious. The company is currently sitting on about 6.8 million square feet of grocery-related facilities—including its Fresh warehouses and Whole Foods stores—up about 65% from 18 months ago, estimates MWPVL, a logistics consulting firm that tracks Amazon. That’s not too shabby, but it’s also nothing like the quadrupling in estimated square footage Amazon saw in another type of shipping facility called delivery stations. 

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