said Monday that it will expand its Kroger Express and Kroger Pickup pilot program to 35 stores in the Knoxville, Tenn. area. These stores will feature items that vary by location, but will include merchandise from Kroger’s Our Brands. Other items can include fresh meat and produce and Home Chef meal kits. Most will feature all of the 2,300 items found at a Kroger Express, some will include as many as 2,700 items. Kroger Pickup allows customers to order digitally and pickup in stores. The Knoxville pilot will also include an expansion of a pilot that will put Walgreens’ owned-brand items like No7 in 17 Kroger stores this fall. The original pilot for this program launched in northern Kentucky last year. Kroger stock has fallen 17.6% for the year to date, Walgreens stock has has taken a 26.8% tumble, and the S&P 500 index
is up 15.2% for the period.
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