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Newport News Wal-Mart enters online grocery business; competitors are watching

Newport News Wal-Mart enters online grocery business; competitors are watching

The online grocery gauntlet has officially been thrown on the Peninsula.

With dozens of stores across the region and a major distribution hub in James City County, Wal-Mart is pressing to gain ground in the ever-lucrative online grocery pickup business — and they're willing to offer the service for free.

While all of the region's Wal-Mart stores, which includes its large network of Supercenters and Neighborhood Markets, have not been tapped to immediately offer the service, it's only a matter of time before they do.

And area grocers are taking watch.

Wal-Mart strategy

Effective last week, the Wal-Mart Supercenter at 12401 Jefferson...

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