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Kroger expands online ordering to Beaumont, Richmond Road, Nicholasville

Kroger employee Pam Morgan showed a wrist-mounted device used for online shopping in August at the Kroger store in Versailles. The Versailles store was one of the first Kroger stores in the country to have online ordering. The device gives an employee a customer’s grocery list and a code for where to find the item in its specific aisle and shelf location.
Kroger employee Pam Morgan showed a wrist-mounted device used for online shopping in August at the Kroger store in Versailles. The Versailles store was one of the first Kroger stores in the country to have online ordering. The device gives an employee a customer’s grocery list and a code for where to find the item in its specific aisle and shelf location. palcala@herald-leader.com

Kroger is launching ClickList online grocery ordering in Lexington at the Beaumont store on Thursday. Four more area stores, including those in Frankfort and Nicholasville, will be getting it soon.

Online orders will begin at the Richmond Road store on Jan. 14, a week after the Kroger in Richmond. The Nicholasville store at Brannon Crossing will launch a week later, on Jan. 21, and the Frankfort store in Brighton Park will launch Jan. 28.

Kroger piloted the new service last fall in a Cincinnati store, and it has since spread to about 30 Kroger stores companywide.

“We have been thrilled with the initial consumer response in both Versailles and Elizabethtown,” spokesman Tim McGurk said. “Our shoppers tell us every day how much they appreciate this time-saving convenience.”

Customers can log in to their accounts at Kroger.com to create a shopping list, set a pickup time at a particular store and pick up orders the next day. Payment and paper coupons will be accepted atpickup.

Each ClickList order has a $4.95 fee; the first three orders are free. And check your online coupons for a possible $5 off the first $50 order.

ClickList tracks what you buy at Kroger (assuming you’ve used your loyalty card) and will remind you of your most recent purchases, of regular purchases and of what is on sale.

Major retailers, including Wal-Mart and Amazon, are rapidly expanding online grocery buying; according to Business Insider, online grocery sales are forecast to grow at more than 20 percent annually, hitting nearly $18 billion by 2018.

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