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More Walgreens stores will soon have Kroger groceries as the retailers expand their pilot program to 35 stores in Knoxville, Tenn.

The partnership started in October 2018 with 13 stores in northern Kentucky.

“Walgreens customers have responded very favorably to the Kroger Express pilot in northern Kentucky,” Richard Ashworth, Walgreens president of operations, said in a news release. “As a result, we’re exploring more ways to offer customers an enhanced, more convenient shopping experience.

“Working with Kroger, we’re continuing to reinvent our customer offer to meet shoppers’ evolving needs, which includes offering private-label grocery and health products at a great value through an integrated omnichannel experience,” Ashworth said.

Most of the Knoxville stores will carry the full Kroger Express assortment, roughly 2,700 items, while others will carry about 2,300 products.

Kroger Pickup will be available at most of the Walgreens pilot stores, per the release.

Another element of the partnership is that Walgreens-brand health and beauty products will be coming to 17 Kroger locations.

“We continue to redefine the grocery customer experience and partner for customer value through our Restock Kroger transformation plan,” Jeff Talbot, Kroger’s vice president of new business development, said in the release. “Our growing relationship with Walgreens is just one more way Kroger is making life easier and better for even more customers — because everyone deserves to have affordable, easy-to-enjoy, fresh food. 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.”

The Walgreens and Kroger stores will be launching the new selections in the fall.


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