Retail Roundup—Amazon raises monthly membership fee, names finalists for new HQ

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Amazon is raising rates on monthly Prime membership.

Amazon names finalists for new headquarters

Amazon has released its final list of the top 20 cities—down from 238—that it is considering for a second headquarters. Chicago, Indianapolis and Columbus, Ohio, were named as possible Midwest locations for the promise of 50,000 new jobs. (The Seattle Times)

Amazon to raise monthly Prime memberships

Amazon announced it will raise the price of monthly Prime memberships by nearly 20%, from $10.99 to $12.99. The new price, which adds up to $156 a year, comes less than two years after Amazon first introduced the monthly payment plan for members who did not want to pay the annual $99. (Business Insider)

Starbucks testing no-cash store

Starbucks is no longer accepting any cash in a downtown Seattle location. The policy has not been officially announced, but the store is only accepting cashless forms of payment. Starbucks said the company is conducting an experiment but it did not say for how long or if it would reach other locations. (The Seattle Times)

Wegmans enters a mall in Massachusetts

Wegmans Food Markets will open a mall location in Natick, Massachusetts, on April 28. The location is a former JCPenney space occupying two floors and 146,500 square feet. (The MetroWest Daily News)