Omaha shop faces $300K in fines

OMAHA — Federal safety regulators have proposed fining Family Dollar Stores more than $300,000 for what the regulators say are safety violations at an Omaha store.

A news release from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Monday that inspectors found two serious violations, four repeat violations and one “other than serious” violation at the Family Dollar Store at 3552 Leavenworth St.

Family Dollar Store representatives didn’t immediately respond to messages Tuesday from The Associated Press.

OSHA says the serious violations included an emergency exit door that was locked with a scissor-like mechanism that required special knowledge to open. The four repeat violations alleged included what OSHA says were obstructed emergency exits, unsecured helium tanks and an obstructed path to the building’s breaker control panels.

Amazon to shutter restaurant delivery

NEW YORK — Amazon said Tuesday that it is closing its U.S. restaurant delivery service, a 4-year-old business that failed to take off amid fierce competition from Uber Eats, DoorDash and others.

The service, called Amazon Restaurants, offered delivery in more than 20 cities in the U.S. It expanded into the United Kingdom, but Amazon shut down the service in that country late last year. The closure of the U.S. business, which was first reported by technology news site GeekWire, will happen on June 24.

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Still, Amazon.com Inc. has shown interest in delivering meals to diners’ doorsteps. Last month, it bought a stake in British food delivery company Deliveroo, whose kangaroo logo is a common sight on bicycles and scooters in Britain.

Amazon Restaurants was a tiny player in the U.S., taking about 2% of the market, according to Jeremy Scott, a food and restaurant analyst at Mizuho.

He said Amazon didn’t promote the delivery service enough and didn’t have deals with big fast food chains.

Uber Eats, for example, delivers Big Macs from McDonalds; DoorDash has a partnership with Wendy’s; and Grubhub delivers Taco Bell chalupas and buckets of KFC’s fried chicken.

With Amazon out of the business, analysts said others could pick up its business.

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