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Walmart to offer pickup service for online orders at three Charlotte-area stores

In a Feb. 17, 2009 file photo, shoppers leave a Wal-Mart in Danvers, Mass.
In a Feb. 17, 2009 file photo, shoppers leave a Wal-Mart in Danvers, Mass. AP

Charlotte is one of eight new cities in which Walmart will offer free store pickup for online orders.

The service will be available at three Walmart Supercenters in the Charlotte region, the retailer said in a statement. Beginning Tuesday, customers can shop online at Walmart.com/grocery and schedule a pickup at any of the three stores on or after Oct. 13.

The three area stores offering grocery pickup have designated parking spots for customers using the service, and Walmart associates will load items into their vehicles. Customers can select from 30,000 grocery items including fresh meat, dairy, produce and common household items.

The new service could be one more way Walmart aims to edge itself out in the super-competitive local grocery market. Walmart is the top grocer in the Charlotte area by market share, though it’s just a notch above Matthews-based Harris Teeter, according to sales-tracking firm Chain Store Guide.

Here are the three stores participating in the new service:

▪ Walmart Supercenter, 7131 Hwy #73, Denver, N.C.

▪ Walmart Supercenter, 169 Norman Station Blvd, Mooresville

▪ Walmart Supercenter, 1151 Stonecrest Blvd, Tega Cay, S.C.

Other cities in which Walmart will offer the new service include Atlanta, Fayetteville, N.C., Salt Lake City, Ogden, Utah, Nashville, Tenn., Tucson, Ariz. and Colorado Springs, Colo.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta