Kroger, Walgreens Expand Retail Concept Partnership

Kroger and Walgreens recently expanded on the exploratory pilot concept the two retailers announced in October, in which the companies began testing a concept combining Kroger’s grocery expertise with Walgreens’ mix of pharmacy, health and beauty.

Kroger Express— a curated assortment of 2,300 products— will soon be offered at the 13 Walgreens test stores in Northern Kentucky. The Kroger Express selection will include Home Chef meal kits, national products and Kroger’s Our Brands products.

The first concept is operational in Florence, Kentucky. The remaining 12 pilot stores will be operational early next year.

As announced in October, the participating pilot stores are offering a one-stop shopping experience where customers can access products from both brands and order groceries on kroger.com for pickup at Walgreens. Kroger Express marks an expansion of the original offering.

“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. We are excited to enter the next phase of the pilot,” said Robert Clark, Kroger’s svp/merchandising. “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.”

In a second initiative, Kroger will launch its Home Chef Express meal kits in 65 Walgreens locations in the Chicago area. During the pilot, Walgreens will offer three unique Home Chef Express meal kit options, with recipes rotating bi-weekly.

“We’re pleased to continue working together to explore new concepts that expand product selection to provide a better shopping experience and greater value for our customers,” said Richard Ashworth, Walgreens president of operations.