The Kroger Company discontinued the hometown pick-up feature to the Adams County area. The program was first launched in January 2021 and had multiple pick-up locations across the county, including West Union, Peebles, and Manchester.
It is unclear why Kroger decided to stop providing the service, however, multiple communities in the Kroger Company service area also experienced the discontinuation of the service. It has been reported that a potential merger of Kroger and Albertsons could be the reason behind the business decision. Kroger is expected to purchase the grocery store chain for $24.6 billion.
Kroger is currently the second largest grocer in the United States with Albertsons being the fourth largest. With the merger, Kroger would have around 700,000 employees across 5,000 stores. Kroger is still offering pick-up in multiple markets, however, the company is moving towards offering home delivery. Currently, over 2,500 locations offer delivery and Kroger continues to expand fulfillment centers to enter new areas without opening physical supermarkets.