In the latest stroke of supermarket convenience, Central Market is debuting curbside service delivery at a few select stores in Texas, beginning in Fort Worth.
The store located on the corner of Hulen Street and I-30 is the first location in Texas for the service, which begins February 15. But Central Market will add it at other select stores throughout the state, including Austin and Houston.
In North Texas, it'll be available at the store in Plano, and at two stores in Dallas: at 5750 E. Lovers Ln. and the new store in Preston Hollow, at 4349 W. Northwest Hwy. No date for those stores has been announced.
H-E-B, Central Market's parent company, has already launched more than 100 curbside locations at H-E-B stores throughout Texas. Kroger and Walmart also offer curbside services. This doesn't even get into all of the companies currently offering delivery of groceries to your house.
To use Central Market's service, customers make a grocery list and place their orders online at centralmarket.com/shop, then schedule a pick-up time. Orders must be placed at least four hours prior to the scheduled pick-up time. Pickups are available from 8 am-9 pm.
Central Market staffers do the shopping and pack the grocery order.
At the Fort Worth store, a pickup area has been added to the east side of the building. There are reserved parking spaces designated for the service. Customers park, then text the number listed on their parking stall sign to alert employees they have arrived. Employees bring the groceries to the car and load them.
Customers can make specific requests, says the store's general manager, Austin Jourde, in a release.
"If a customer would like to specifically request an avocado that is ripe and ready today along with another avocado that will be ripe in a few days, the online order form allows them to make those notes and our partners will deliver on that request," Jourde says. "Our curbside shopping team has been trained to shop to specifications and details and also to build relationships with our customers."
There's no minimum order, but there is a pick-up fee of $4.95, plus a 3 percent personal shopping fee added to the order total. As an introduction, the first four deliveries are free. Customers can place orders anytime and can schedule orders up to seven days in advance.