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Sam’s Club to unroll curbside pickup in Tampa Bay, nationwide

Amid pandemic, warehouse store focuses on contactless pick-up option.
Sam's Club fulfillment center manager Nick Barbieri explains to a shopper how the Scan & Go shop works at 5135 S Dale Mabry Highway.
Sam's Club fulfillment center manager Nick Barbieri explains to a shopper how the Scan & Go shop works at 5135 S Dale Mabry Highway. [ SARA DINATALE | Tampa Bay Times ]
Published Jun. 12, 2020
Updated Jun. 12, 2020

Sam’s Club stores across Tampa Bay will allow shoppers to pick groceries and bulk items at the curb by the end of the month.

Sam’s Club, which is owned by Walmart, had been testing the program nearby in Orlando. It will be available at stores across Tampa Bay by June 23. The store says it’s a contactless option, something shoppers have been seeking because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As we continue to innovate to make the shopping experience better and faster for our members, we’re proud to be able to quickly implement and offer curbside pickup across the country, particularly during a time when they are searching for alternative ways to shop,” Lance de la Rosa, Sam’s Club chief operating officer, said in a statement.

The bulk goods store eventually will require shoppers to have a “plus membership” to access the new curbside pickup option, but is offering it to all members for free temporarily.

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Shoppers order online, pay there and schedule a time to arrive to the store. Shoppers will pull up to designated pick-up parking spots where employees will load the vehicle.