By Jeffrey Dastin
(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc
Drawing on its wealth of customer data, Amazon has stocked the store with its best sellers as well as products popular with New Yorkers. The shop, known as Amazon 4-Star, will let customers play with Echo speakers, Kindle e-readers and other devices made by the company, and it also will sell books, games and kitchenware.
The news marks Amazon's latest incursion into the turf of rivals such as Target Corp
The extent of Amazon's ambition for the new store format is unclear. The company is known for experimentation, and a spokesman declined to comment on expansion plans.
Like more than a dozen book stores the company has opened since 2015, 4-Star will offer members of Amazon's loyalty club Prime the typically cheaper online price of items, rather than charge them the list price.
That may serve as encouragement for more shoppers to join Prime, the cornerstone of Amazon's business. Prime members tend to shop more with Amazon.com.
Grocery remains the other key category for Amazon's brick-and-mortar play.
The company bought Whole Foods Market in a $13.7 billion deal last year, from which it is now delivering fresh food to shoppers' homes. It is also rolling out smaller grocery shops known as Amazon Go, where in-store technology allows customers to walk out with items and have their credit cards billed without stopping by a cash register.
(Reporting by Jeffrey Dastin in San Francisco; editing by Marguerita Choy and Bill Berkrot)
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Updated Date: Sep 27, 2018 05:05 AM