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The Beauty of Ultra-Fast Delivery: Prime Now Adds its First Beauty Store to the Service in Chicago

Starting today in Chicago, Prime Now offers one- and two-hour delivery of beauty supplies from beloved local store, Merz Apothecary

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 15, 2016-- (NASDAQ: AMZN)– Amazon today announced Prime Now has added its first beauty brand to the one-hour delivery service with Chicago-based store, Merz Apothecary. Starting today, Prime members in Chicago can now shop all their favorite Merz Apothecary items such as personal care, beauty and natural health products and have those items conveniently delivered right to their door in as little as an hour.

“Merz Apothecary is a family-owned, iconic destination in the Windy City and we think customers will love the convenience of superfast delivery of thousands of beauty items,” said Simoina Vasen, director of Prime Now. “We are excited to launch this new product offering in Chicago with such a beloved local brand.”

"We have thrived in business for 141 years by focusing on our customer needs, and we believe Prime Now is a natural extension of this customer-centric approach,” said Anthony Qaiyum, owner of Merz Apothecary. “As the owner of an independent, family-run business, I am especially excited for us to be able to combine our unique products and our expertise in our field with Amazon's unrivaled delivery operations. I think it is a recipe for customer satisfaction and business growth."

In Chicago, Prime Now offers tens of thousands of items from Amazon in addition to local restaurant and grocery delivery. There are more than 180 local restaurants available through the service in Chicago and Amazon also offers delivery from local grocery stores Eataly and Plum Market. Through Prime Now, one-hour delivery is $7.99 and two-hour delivery is free. Prime Now is available from 8 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week in the Chicago area.

Learn more about Amazon Prime Now at www.amazon.com/primenow.

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About Merz Apothecary

Established in Chicago in 1875, Merz Apothecary is a pharmacy dedicated to offering the world's best selection of unique and natural products for health, beauty and personal care along with knowledgeable and caring service. After three generations of ownership by the Merz family, the store was purchased by the Qaiyum family in 1972. Ten years later, Abdul Qaiyum moved Merz to its current flagship location in Lincoln Square where it has become a cornerstone of the community. In 1998, Smallflower was launched as Merz's ecommerce and catalog brand, to serve its rapidly growing national customer base. Merz Downtown, the company's second store, was opened in 2003 in Chicago's Loop, currently located at the main entrance of the historic Palmer House Hotel. In late 2014, Merz debuted Q Brothers, the men's shop at Merz Apothecary, adjoining the flagship store in Lincoln Square, quickly becoming the country’s premier destination for traditional wet shaving, men’s grooming, and independent fine fragrance. With more than 14,000 products and over 140 years of experience, Merz Apothecary is a veritable Chicago landmark and must-shop destination for locals and travelers alike.

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

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