Amazon Prime Now confirmed for 41st and Chestnut warehouse

March 8, 2018

Former Graphic Arts Inc. building at 41st and Chestnut (Photo West Philly Local).

Last August, we reported that Amazon had bought the former Graphic Arts Inc. building at 41st and Chestnut, but we weren’t certain to what use the e-commerce giant was going to put the 35,000 square-foot space. Now, we know: Prime Now LLC has applied for, and been granted, a permit to operate a “food establishment” on that site.

Prime Now is a service that Amazon operates in some urban areas — not Philadelphia yet — that features two-hour delivery for commonplace household goods, from groceries to socks to electronics. Amazon has also hinted that it might be expanding Prime Now into the restaurant delivery arena. As such, this new service is positioned to compete directly with supermarket and convenience delivery services like Instacart and GoPuff, as well as food delivery services like Grubhub, Caviar and Eat24. 

There is no date set for the opening of the 41st and Chestnut site or the launch of Prime Now services for the Philadelphia region, but Amazon is going to begin collecting sales taxes on all Amazon purchases with Pennsylvania destinations, including third-party sales made via the Amazon platform, as of April 1st.

Mike VanHelder

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