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Taking Care of Business: Chasing down Walmart rumors

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, January 13, 2018
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Friends who have used grocery pickup at the Haslet Walmart have described it as “awesome,” “so easy” and “life-changing.”

You place and pay for your grocery order online and choose from a list of designated pickup times, which are set up in one-hour time slots. Anytime during that hour, you notify the store through the app that you’re “on your way.” Once there you park in spaces at the end of the building designated with orange paint and awnings. Walmart associates load the groceries into your car, you sign for your order and drive away.

Kristen Tribe

Kristen Tribe

Rumors have been swirling about whether or not the Decatur Walmart is getting grocery pickup, and they were further fueled when the south corner of the building was painted orange in a recent exterior facelift. That means it’s coming soon, right?

I’ve got bad news: it’s not.

Assistant Manager Steven Hudson said this week they “might get it in September.”

“This is really a rumor at this point,” he said. “We don’t even know for sure.”

He explained that to have grocery pickup, the grocery side of the store would have to be renovated. He said the color orange was painted on the end of the building to advertise pickup for general merchandise (ordering items online and choosing store pickup instead of home delivery). Hudson said an orange corner was painted on most Walmarts, even small ones, to advertise this service.

What is coming soon are more self-checkouts. Hudson said a two-week renovation begins Jan. 21 to build more self-checkouts for a total of 17 (seven on the general merchandise end and 10 on the grocery end).

The renovation will reduce the number of regular checkout lines to nine, but the store will add the scan-and-go system during this time. With the new system, you’ll will be able to use provided scanners or the Walmart Scan and Go app on your smartphone to scan items as you put them in your cart. The app maintains a running total of everything in your cart, and when you’re ready to check out, you can simply click a button and pay through the app. The scanners work in a similar manner except you pay through an associate.

NOW OPEN

Brandi’s Country Kitchen in Decatur opened this week on the square, 112 W. Walnut St.

Owner Brandi Davis said the restaurant will be closed this weekend to re-group after large crowds but will re-open Monday. Regular hours will be 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

“I’ve run out of lunch specials every day,” she said. “This town loves chicken, hamburger steaks and clubs [sandwiches]. I’ve been through 15 cases of chicken this week!”

Kristen Tribe is assistant publisher of the Messenger.

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