Written by David Castellon
Four Fresno County Walmart stores will begin offering free curbside pickup of groceries starting Thursday.
Two of the five Walmarts in Fresno — at 5125 E. Kings Canyon Road and 7065 N. Ingram Ave. — will offer the service, as will those in Clovis and Sanger, according to a press release issued today by the company.
“The free service enables customers to order groceries online and pick them up at their local Walmart store without ever leaving their cars,” it sates.
“Customers have told us that grocery pickup is a game changer. They’re now able to complete their grocery shopping in a matter of minutes — between errands or on their way home — without getting out of the car,” Roxanne Sanders, Walmart’s local market manager, said in the release.
The department store giant, which includes full grocery sections in most of its stores, began offering the pickup service in September 2015 in the Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte and Tucson areas and now offers it at more than 800 stores.
Thirty of those stores are in California, including some in the the Sacramento, Stockton/Lodi, Modesto and Bakersfield areas, the latter of which started offering curbside pickup on Tuesday.
“The rollout of this is being staggered in different regions at different times,” a spokesman for Walmart said.
He said the pickup programs at the four Fresno County stores are the first in this part of the Valley.
Grocery orders can be made online at www.walmart.com/grocery or through the Walmart grocery mobile app.