The online grocery war between Amazon and Walmart is heating up this month in Southern California as the Arkansas retail giant rolls out curbside pickup in several local markets, including Foothill Ranch.
The South Orange County Walmart is among 26 stores adding “online grocery pickup” this week in California, bringing the total statewide to 36. Other curbside pickup locations are in the Inland Empire, Los Angeles and San Diego. (See list of addresses below.)
The free service, first launched in 2015, allows shoppers to choose from a range of 30,000 online items — from ground beef to a gallon of milk — and even school supplies. The Foothill Ranch program begins Thursday, Aug. 3. The store has designated six parking stalls for customers.
“You just pop your trunk,” company spokeswoman Tiffany Wilson said.
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Wilson said customers can pre-purchase bags or have the Walmart employee, dubbed a “personal shopper,” bag all the groceries in reusable bags provided by the shopper at their car. No unbuckling is necessary as everything is done for you at no extra charge, she said.
The 26 stores in California join more than 800 Walmarts across the country that offer curbside pickup of groceries. Walmart has been slowly rolling out the program in various markets as part of a larger strategy to provide more grocery options.
“Our customers have told us that grocery pickup is a game changer. They are now able to complete their grocery shopping in a matter of minutes — between errands or on their way home — without ever getting out of the car,” Susan Vanderlip,…
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