Walmart launches new way of shopping in south Anchorage
Alaskans rejoice! Walmart has turned southside's old Sam's Club, off the Old Seward Highway, into the state's first online grocery pickup location.
No lines here -- this warehouse-style location is open to anyone who's looking for a convenient way to grocery shop without having to get out of the car.
Walmart says this is the new way grocery buying is going; it's been very successful for its stores in the Lower 48.
For just a minimum order of $30, anyone can take advantage of the service. Businesses can even work with this center to buy in bulk. No membership is needed.
All you have to do is place the order online at the Walmart website or its free app and an employee will do all the shopping for you. You'll then set up a time to pick it up. When you arrive, you'll park in one of the pickup parking spots where you'll be greeted by your personal shopper who will then load your groceries into your car at no extra charge.
At the beginning of the month, The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce announced on social media Walmart's plans for the old Sam's Club space.
The inside of the store is not open to the public because the employees do it all for you.
Walmart has rehired some of the former employees of the old Sam's Club to work at this new center.
In January, Sam's Club closed dozens of stores across the country including all three location in Alaska -- two in Anchorage and one in Fairbanks.
Cassie Schirm contributed to this story.
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