Officials with the Denison Walmart and the Denison Area Chamber of Commerce held a grand opening ceremony Monday for a new service that will allow shoppers to pick up groceries without ever stepping outside their vehicles.


Starting Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. shoppers will be able to make use of the retail chain’s new free online grocery program that allows people to order groceries through its website and pick them up later in the day.


“We are doing this to make the shopping experience more convenient for the customers,” Store Manager Russell Wilthers said.


With the launch of the program, customers will be able to shop for their groceries at www.walmart.com/grocery and schedule a time between 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to pick up their groceries. Once they arrive, the groceries will be brought out to the vehicle by Walmart staff.


“From the time they pull in to the time they roll out, we are talking mere minutes,” Wilthers said.


Wilthers said that customers will be able to schedule pick up as soon as four hours after the order or as late as seven days later. With the new program, Wilthers estimated that about 60 customers a day would be able to make use of this service.


The program has been slowly rolled out by the retail chain over the last two years, store officials said. In October, the Sherman Planning & Zoning Commission approved a site plan for an addition to the Walmart store located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 75 and U.S. Highway 82. However, the Denison location was the first in the area to implement the new program.


Wilthers said that the new program necessitated improvements to the site to accommodate it and create 18 new dedicated positions, including shoppers who go out and choose the items for each order. The new service also has 14 new dedicated parking spots for those picking up orders.


Alongside these improvements, Wilthers said the Denison location was also able to move the pick-up location for its “Site to Store” and “Pick-up Today” services to the front of the building. Previously, these services were housed in the rear of the building. Much like the new grocery service, Wilthers said this was done to be more convenient for customers.


Codie Stowers was at the Denison Walmart Monday to pick up an online order when he found out the program was expected to launch the next day. Stowers said he knew it was coming, but expected it to be next week.


With the new program launching, he said he was excited and planned to use it for shopping later this week.