Kroger will expand its grocery selection in the 13 pilot Walgreens stores. CONTRIBUTED

Kroger expands grocery selection in pilot with Walgreens

A partnership between Kroger and Walgreens could bring meal kits and groceries to Walgreens stores after the success of a pilot.

A pilot program at 13 Walgreens stores in Northern Kentucky, near Kroger’s Cincinnati headquarters, is expanding to offer Kroger Express, a larger selection of 2,300 products selected using customer data.

The Kroger Express concept adds to the limited grocery supply and ability to order and pickup online Kroger orders at the pilot Walgreens stores.

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Kroger also announced 65 Chicago-area Walgreens will begin selling Home Chef meal kits.

“We are redefining the customer experience in a variety of ways through Restock Kroger, including innovative partnerships like our test-and-learn pilot with Walgreens …The Kroger Express concept creates easy access to our most popular Our Brands products through a fill-in grocery shopping experience for Walgreens customers, and our Home Chef Express meal kits provide customers with an on-demand solution for tonight’s dinner,” said Robert Clark, Kroger’s senior vice president of merchandising.

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Kroger and Walgreens first announced the pilot in October, hoping to merge Kroger’s grocery services with Walgreen’s pharmacy experience.

When the 13 Walgreens stores began the pilot, Kroger said the company would test the pilot for the next several months and determine how to move forward.

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