[28 September/Food Dive]

Walmart submitted plans to open a grocery pickup-only store in Chicago at the site of a former supermarket. It would be called Walmart Pickup. It would be Walmart’s largest pickup-only site. The plan included 41,700 square feet of inventory space, and would have signs to direct customers through the lot to a canopied pickup bay. From there, customers would park in designated spaces while their groceries are loaded into their cars. Walmart predicted the number of pickups would be around 180 per hour, or 1960 daily. Home grocery deliveries would also be made from the site. They estimate 30 deliveries per day. It would open in Spring 2019 and employ 30 to 40 employees.