Amazon to test retail robots underneath former downtown Macy’s building

Aug 16, 2022, 12:38 PM


Macy's located in downtown Seattle

Amazon plans to turn the basement of the former downtown Seattle Macy’s building into a testing site for retail robots.

The building sold for $580 million in April 2021, after the historic Macy’s closed its doors the year prior. Amazon had already moved into the building’s upper floors in 2017.

As part of the project, the autonomous robots would grab storage pods and bring them to in-person employees, who would select the specific items they need and send the robots back to the storage facility.

Two months earlier, Lockeford, Calif. became the testing ground for Amazon to deliver packages via drones.

Amazon to use air drones for deliveries later this year, trial run in CA

The drones can fly up to 50 miles per hour and can carry packages of up to five pounds as high up as 400 feet in the air.

Amazon has yet to release a definitive timeline for when the company would deploy the robots, but it is rumored the robots will play a role in the e-commerce giant’s expansion of physical clothing stores. The company recently opened its first Amazon Style storefront in Glendale, California, and has been hiring for other roles connected to its brick-and-mortar clothing operation, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal.

The robot automation project has been coined “Project Lucy.”

The company hasn’t opened a clothing store in the Seattle area, but has recently started hiring for roles in Seattle, including a site manager for an Amazon Style testing lab.

Amazon Studios is currently located in Culver City, Calif., five hours from the company’s testing ground for drone deliveries.

Local News

Boeing lawsuit stealing...

Bill Kaczaraba

Boeing accused of stealing trade secrets in new lawsuit

Boeing is facing another lawsuit, this time, the aerospace giant is being accused of stealing trade secrets to build a moon rocket.

14 hours ago

Seattle schools decrease gun violence...

L.B. Gilbert

Seattle Schools unveils new safety plan to decrease gun violence

Seattle Public Schools (SPS) announced several security improvements to help decrease gun violence across the district.

14 hours ago

Funko headquarters...

Bill Kaczaraba

No fun at Funko as move from Everett goes south

Everett took a big hit when Funko moved a large part of its operations to Arizona. Now, the bobblehead company faces a class action lawsuit.

14 hours ago

grays harbor arson railroad...

L.B. Gilbert

Possible arson under investigation at railroad near Grays Harbor

The Grays Harbor County Sheriff's Office is investigating a possible arson case that happened when a railroad trestle caught fire.

14 hours ago

comfort tv...

Micki Gamez

Survey: Americans soothe themselves by watching old TV re-runs

CableTV.com said it's normal to have a comfort TV show and that watching re-runs can offer emotional support.

14 hours ago

man shot by Everett police...

Lisa Brooks

Medical examiner identifies man shot by Everett police

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner's office has identified a man shot and killed by police in Everett last month.

14 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Medicare fraud...

If you’re on Medicare, you can help stop fraud!

Fraud costs Medicare an estimated $60 billion each year and ultimately raises the cost of health care for everyone.

Men's Health Month...

Men’s Health Month: Why It’s Important to Speak About Your Health

June is Men’s Health Month, with the goal to raise awareness about men’s health and to encourage men to speak about their health.

Internet Washington...

Major Internet Upgrade and Expansion Planned This Year in Washington State

Comcast is investing $280 million this year to offer multi-gigabit Internet speeds to more than four million locations.

Compassion International...

Brock Huard and Friends Rally Around The Fight for First Campaign

Professional athletes are teaming up to prevent infant mortality and empower women at risk in communities facing severe poverty.

Emergency Preparedness...

Prepare for the next disaster at the Emergency Preparedness Conference

Being prepared before the next emergency arrives is key to preserving businesses and organizations of many kinds.

SHIBA volunteer...

Volunteer to help people understand their Medicare options!

If you’re retired or getting ready to retire and looking for new ways to stay active, becoming a SHIBA volunteer could be for you!

Amazon to test retail robots underneath former downtown Macy’s building