Area grocers to offer online shopping and pick-up

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)- Online shopping has taken off over the past several years and now local grocery stores are getting in the mix.

“I do my shopping through eBay, sometimes Amazon,” said Kemar Enni of Elk Mound. “I buy car stuff online. I also buy shoes clothes.”

But online shopping today is more than just clothing or tools.

“Where would you like your groceries?”

The words many locals may hear more as grocery stores in the area begin offering online grocery shopping and pick-up.

“It's so much easier and it's faster,” said Carol Crane of Lake Wissota. “Get it done just like that.”

Woodman's in Altoona recently announced it'll be kicking off the online service next week on October 18th.

Crane added it would help her avoid, “buying things that I don't need like candy and gum.”

But stores like Walmart have also announced plans to bring this service to locations nationwide and Festival Foods in Eau Claire said it's even working on a program of its own.

While many local grocery shoppers said they're excited for this new feature, not everyone will be taking advantage of it.

“No, I guess I just like to touch the produce and know what I’m getting rather than just guessing,” said Jon Wilson of Eau Claire. “We buy a lot of fresh food.”

Local grocers said that this type of shopping, ordering online and picking up, is just the way the industry is moving. Especially, in a day where you can basically order anything online, they said by adding grocery shopping to the list, it’s just another way they can help customers save time; saving time for shoppers like Kelly Phillips of Medford.

“And then I want the chef along with it, so then he can just cook the food and its ready when I get home,” Phillips said.

The online grocery shopping pick up service is kicking off in Woodman’s in Altoona next Wednesday. The store said for pickup orders, there is a $4.95 fee for orders less than $100 and free pickup on orders larger than $100. The minimum for an online order is $50. The store also said this service is run through a partnering company, but it has been a successful program in other Woodman’s including Janesville.

While there is no timeline set, Festival Foods said they have a program in the making; along with Walmart who is working on adding this service nationwide.

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