ST. ANN — Save A Lot announced Monday that it will allow customers to pick up, return and pay for Amazon purchases at some of its local stores.
The St. Ann-based discount grocer said these services are available now at some locations in the St. Louis area, and it plans to expand them to over 400 stores by the end of 2020. Save A Lot has nearly 1,200 stores in the U.S.
The new service allows online customers to pick up and pay for their orders in person, with cash, by selecting “Amazon PayCode” as the payment option when completing the online order.
This service is already available at 15,000 Western Union locations in the U.S.
Save A Lot will also offer Amazon lockers, where customers can retrieve and return orders, as an alternative to shipping to a home or work address.
In July Amazon announced that customers could drop off returns at 1,150 Kohl’s stores nationwide, including 15 in the St. Louis region.
The move to offer Amazon services is part of an ongoing effort to modernize Save A Lot, the company said Monday.
Save A Lot has been struggling in recent years. The chain grew from 350 stores in 1992 to more than 1,300 by 2012, but then it hit a plateau. It faces debt and competition from other discount grocery chains such as Aldi.