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Watch Out Wal-Mart. Amazon Is Coming After the Grocery Business

  • Online retailer said to open drive-up food kiosks in Seattle
  • Partnerships with local grocers said to be way to grow fast

For years, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has followed Inc., putting inventory online and starting its own version of a marketplace where third-party merchants can sell their wares. Now Amazon is returning the favor.

The e-commerce behemoth is building pickup locations for groceries in Seattle that could open by the end of the year, according to someone familiar with the plans, echoing a strategy embraced by its chief brick-and-mortar rival.