Oconee County issued a building permit late last month for alterations to the Walmart Super Center, 1911 Epps Bridge Parkway, to incorporate an online grocery operation at the store.
Included is restriping of parking on the west side of the building to denote online grocery pickup parking and parking lot signage for the designated area.
Work on the $69,793 upgrade is expected to be completed by Feb. 19, but the online grocery service isn’t expected to be operational until the end of next month.
At present, the nearest Walmart with an online grocery operation is in Loganville.
Kroger at 1720 Epps Bridge Parkway currently is offering online grocery shopping.
Online Grocery Launch
Walmart announced in September of last year the expansion of its online grocery pickup operation.
|Orange At Far Left Of Building For Online Grocery Parking|
According to a news release from that time, Online Grocery Pickup gives customers access to more than 40,000 items, including fresh produce and meat, grocery staples, and seasonal items.
Customers visit the grocery shopping web site or use the Walmart Grocery mobile app to create a shopping list.
During checkout, the customer selects a time to pick up the groceries at the store.
Orange Pickup Area
Trained shoppers fill the order.
Shoppers go to the designated Online Grocery Pickup parking spaces marked in orange.
A store employee retrieves the order and loads it into the customer’s car.
The news release says the service is free to customers, and there is no price markup on products sold.
I contacted the business office of the Epps Bridge Center Walmart on Monday to get information on the launch of the online grocery operation here in Oconee County.
The manager I spoke with said the service will be operational on March 29 and referred me to the national Media Relations office.
I left a message with that office on Monday and received a the statement that “We strive to return media calls within one business day.”
I called again this morning and left another message but did not get a response.
The news release from Sept. 6 detailing the operation of the online grocery is here.
Oconee County issued the building permit on Jan. 24, and work on the parking area was underway when I visited the store today (Thursday).
The exterior of the southwestern corner of the building already is colored orange.