By CBS3 Staff

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Amazon looks to be moving forward with opening grocery stores in the United States, including in Philadelphia, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. The Seattle-based company is aiming to open a chain of stores in Philly, Los Angeles and Chicago.

According to the report, Amazon has signed more than a dozen leases in the Los Angeles area. These stores could open as early as the end of the year.

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This expansion is an attempt by the company to increase its focus on their bricks-and-mortar presence and create a way to reach more people.

In March, The Wall Street Journal reported that Amazon’s new grocery chain isn’t intended to compete directly with the company’s upscale Whole Foods Market chain.

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The company is also eyeing grocery spaces in New Jersey.