Amazon Fresh gets another approval in Westport


WESTPORT — Representatives from Amazon and its host property recently appeared before the architectural review panel, proposing a sign change for the new Amazon Fresh and plans for a new drive-thru within Post Plaza, which have both received unanimous approvals.

Amazon Fresh is planned for installation at 1076 Post Road East, Barnes and Noble’s former site within Post Plaza, with new versions of the proposal pushed out repeatedly by the ARB over the past year. . More recently, a sign was approved in June for the location.

This week’s change will add “grocery store” under the name of the establishment on the sign above the main doors.

Garry Potts of Professional Permits said the comments showed some people didn’t know what the install was after opening other Amazon Fresh locations across the country.

The addition will not change the size of the sign.

“Going back to the drawing board and adding the word ‘grocery’ will hopefully let them know it’s open to the public and they can shop and shop here,” Potts said.

Earlier in the year, an Amazon official said the Westport store is expected to open in 2022, although the date is unclear.

The Westport store will also be one of the first in the region when it opens.

Brookfield will house another Amazon Fresh facility. Depending on when, it could be the first to open in New England. In June, the company announced that it had begun its hiring process.

The Post Plaza could get another change with a potential new tenant at 1060 Post Road East, which used to be a gas station. Frederick Hoag, architect at Post Plaza LLC, presented the building’s new design there, which he says has a very small footprint.

The building includes drive-thru, parking, and a small dining hall. It also has a gable roof which would help protect the equipment from the roof.

“We designed a building to accommodate that,” Hoag said.

Although no tenants have been lined up yet, Hoag said it could work as a small restaurant.

“You could do a cafe concept or a very small food concept,” he said.

WRA member Jon Halper asked which food companies could lease the space due to its size.

“It’s a bit of a zoning exercise,” Hoag said. “I can’t get a planning and zoning waiver and approval for this type of building without an actual building.”

He said they were going through the design first and then the zoning appeal board to show they could rearrange the square footage to its current concept.

Hoag said that, for example, if Starbucks didn’t adapt its design, they would have to go back to ARB, ZBA, and planning and zoning for approval.

“The neighbors here have been interested in doing a taco concept here, or another quick casual little concept,” he said.

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