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Kroger expands online ordering to Lebanon store

A Lebanon Kroger is the chain’s latest store to test a new online shopping service, according to the grocer.

The retailer is inviting select customers of the Kroger on Columbus Avenue in Lebanon to try it, as the chain expands online ordering to a second store in Southwest Ohio, said Patty Leesemann, spokeswoman for Kroger’s Cincinnati/Dayton Division.

Earlier this month, Kroger expanded online ordering to all shoppers at a Liberty Twp. Kroger Marketplace on Yankee Road. But first, it was tested with employees and select customers. So far, the Liberty Twp. store is the first Kroger-branded store nationwide to offer the service to all customers.

Leesemann previously said more Kroger stores would test the service, but did not name which locations before.

To order (at participating locations), go online to www.kroger.com/onlineshopping, build a cart, and select a pick-up time and location.

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A Kroger employee hand-picks items and stores them in proper temperature zones. A customer can pay for the purchase in a drive-through without leaving their car. Kroger employees load the bags in the vehicles.

Pick-up times are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week in Liberty Twp.

Kroger charges $4.95 for an online order, but the fee was waived for a Liberty Twp. customer’s first three orders.

“Customers are always looking for alternative ways to grocery shop, or to shop period, and we want to make our customers’ lives as easy as possible. Online shopping is the way to do it,” Leesemann told this reporter earlier this month.

Cincinnati-based The Kroger Co. employs more than 20,000 people at 109 supermarkets in Greater Cincinnati, Dayton and Springfield as part of its Cincinnati/Dayton Division.

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