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Now you can order groceries online, pick up later at Fred Meyer

Fred Meyer employees Brandon Snyder, left and Paul Pieti load a customer’s car on the first day of ordering groceries online at the Fred Meyer grocery store on Bakerview Road in Bellingham Wednesday, June 29, 2016. Called “ClickList,” the service lets customers order groceries online and pick them up the next day at the store.
Fred Meyer employees Brandon Snyder, left and Paul Pieti load a customer’s car on the first day of ordering groceries online at the Fred Meyer grocery store on Bakerview Road in Bellingham Wednesday, June 29, 2016. Called “ClickList,” the service lets customers order groceries online and pick them up the next day at the store. pdwyer@bhamherald.com

Fred Meyer began rolling out its online shopping service this week in Whatcom County to save customers time and the need to enter the store.

The service began at the Bakerview store on Wednesday, June 29, with the Lakeway store expected to start on Thursday, June 30. Shoppers can go to fredmeyer.com/onlineshopping, select items to purchase and choose a pickup time for the next day. At the chosen time, the customer goes to a drive-up area at the store, pays for the order and workers load the groceries right into the person’s car.

The fee is $4.95 per order, but the fee is waived for a customer’s first three orders, according to Fred Meyer. Customers can pay by credit or debit card.

The Fred Meyer locations in Bellingham are the ninth and 10th stores to begin the ClickList program, with the first seven in the Portland, Ore., metro area and one in Federal Way, said Zach Stratton, a spokesman for the company. Soon Fred Meyer will be rolling out the program in Burlington, Puyallup and Port Orchard.

On the website customers can browse a “favorites” section, which lists items that shoppers buy on a regular basis. They also can put in specific requests for items like fruits or vegetables, for example specifying how ripe they want their bananas.

Products like ice cream will remain in a freezer until the customer arrives to pick up an order. The website will have more than 40,000 items, focused on groceries.

The company hires around 14 extra employees at each store to fill the online orders.

The service has a limited number of reservations for each one-hour time period, which will be between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. seven days a week.

This story was corrected to indicate customers can only pay by credit or debit card.

Dave Gallagher: 360-715-2269, @BhamHeraldBiz

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