Amazon plans to open chain of grocery stores, report says

Amazon is planning to open dozens of grocery stores in several major U.S. cities.

The Wall Street Journal reports that its first outlet will be in Los Angeles and could open as early as the end of the year.

There are leases that have already been signed on at least two additional locations. The openings are planned for early next year but it's unknown where those stores would be.

There are plans for grocery stores in San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the new stores would be distinct from the company's upscale Whole Foods Market chain.

And it's unknown if the store would carry the Amazon name.