Wednesday, July 18, 2018
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Walmart expands curbside pickup program in Tampa Bay

Don't have time to run into Walmart on the way home from work?

Now you can order groceries online and pick them up curbside.

Walmart is expanding its grocery curbside pickup program in Tampa Bay this month by adding the service to three more supercenter stores — in New Port Richey, Palm Harbor and Oldsmar. These stores join three others in the area, two in Tampa and one in Brandon, that now offer the service.

Shoppers can place grocery orders online or on the Walmart mobile app and schedule a time to pick them up at participating stores. Walmart does not charge a fee to use the service, and all prices are the same online as they are in the store. Same-day pickup is available on orders placed before 10 a.m.

Customers can place orders much as three weeks in advance online.

Each Walmart store hires additional employees to run this specific program, and orders are handled in a new building attached to the supercenter, said Scott Markley, spokesman for Walmart. There are parking spots reserved for pickup customers.

Nearly 30,000 grocery and other items are available to be ordered online and picked up at participating stores.

Walmart debuted the program last year, with some stores first offering the service in October. The Walmart Supercenter at 3400 East Lake Road in Palm Harbor began offering curbside pickup on Wednesday.

The service will start at 8745 State Road 54 in New Port Richey and 3801 Tampa Road in Oldsmar on Aug. 30.

Publix tested a curbside pickup program in Tampa at a Citrus Park location in 2012, but ended it because there was not enough business to justify the service after 18 months. Publix and other grocers have moved away from curbside pickup and toward delivery. Publix is partnering with InstaCart in Miami to test a grocery service. Shipt, a technology company, delivers Publix groceries in Florida via a smartphone app.

Contact Justine Griffin at [email protected] or (727) 893-8467. Follow @SunBizGriffin.

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