Publix Still Experimenting With Curbside Grocery Service

LAKELAND – Publix's experiment with curbside grocery service is still going strong a year after it began, but the chain isn't saying whether it will expand the pilot program.

Lakeland-based Publix Super Markets Inc. began offering the curbside-to-go service last year at two stores in Tampa and Atlanta. A second Atlanta location was added to the test a few months ago.

The Publix Curbside service allows customers to place grocery orders by phone or online and have the items delivered to their car for a flat $7.99 fee. Orders must be placed at least four hours in advance to give "personal shoppers" time to gather items.

At the Shoppes of Citrus Park store in Tampa, designated parking spots are used for curbside customers. One Atlanta store uses a drive-through lane, and the other operates its curbside service through a separate storefront adjacent to a Publix store.

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