Walmart Expands Its Grocery Pickup Service

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Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has expanded its free grocery pickup service to additional markets and locations.

The retailer added about 20 cities at the start of April and intends to add eight other new markets by the end of the month, according to a press release.

The new markets include Kansas City; Boise, Idaho; Richmond and Virginia Beach, Virginia; Austin, Texas; Provo, Utah; Daphne, Alabama; and Charleston, South Carolina.

In addition, Walmart is doubling the number of store pickup locations in Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, and other markets where the service is already offered, according to the release.

The retailer introduced the pickup concept in September 2014, with the establishment of the standalone drive-thru store, Walmart Pickup-Grocery, at the corner of Walton Boulevard and Dodson Road in Bentonville. 

It expanded to a number of Walmart Supercenters and Walmart Neighborhood Market stores last year.

The company says the service has proved popular.

Ninety percent of those using the service are repeat customers, according to the release.