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Kroger offering same-day pickup again, extends service to include SNAP benefits

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Posted at 1:53 PM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 14:53:16-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF)  — Kroger has announced they are now back to offering same day pickup at most of its locations. The store also has begun accepting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for its online grocery pickup service.

Since the COVID-19 crisis began, Kroger says they’ve seen three times the amount of orders coming through its online ordering for pickup.

The company says it’s hired hundreds of additional associates and added more parking spaces for pickup orders.

“We have seen many customers who have never tried online ordering for pickup at store choosing this option as we walk through this challenging time,” said Melissa Eads, corporate affairs manager for the Kroger Nashville division. “Pickup offers a low-contact, convenient service to customers concerned about shopping in stores due to the coronavirus outbreak.”

For SNAP benefits, they’ve waived the $4.95 convenience fee for pickup.

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