"Walgreens customers have responded very favorably to the Kroger Express pilot in Northern Kentucky,” said Richard Ashworth, Walgreens president of operations. “As a result, we're exploring more ways to offer customers an enhanced, more convenient shopping experience. Working with Kroger, we're continuing to re-invent our customer offer to meet shoppers' evolving needs."
Most of the Walgreens pilot stores will also provide customers with the convenience of Kroger Pickup, enabling shoppers to place a digital order on kroger.com or through the Kroger app for curbside pickup at a participating location.
The Knoxville expansion will also pilot a curated selection of Walgreens' owned-brand health and beauty products in 17 Kroger stores, also debuting in the fall. The destination will feature several categories, including beauty, personal care, over-the-counter medications and wellness.
"We continue to redefine the grocery customer experience and partner for customer value through our Restock Kroger transformation plan,” said Jeff Talbot, Kroger's vice president of new business development. “Expanding our pilot to Knoxville demonstrates the ongoing success and future potential of bringing together the best of Kroger's food authority with Walgreens' global expertise in health and beauty."