A Hawaii grocery store operator says it may be able start selling groceries online in January, even as Kohl´s continues to battle an ongoing food safety scandal.
On Thursday, Kohls announced it was launching a pilot program in six cities to test the online grocery delivery system in January.
It said the pilot program will allow customers to get groceries on-the-go from their local Kohls, with the company offering a variety of products to choose from, such as fruit, cheese, meat, and dairy products.
In a statement, Kohls said it was excited to have the pilot in Hawaii.
“This pilot program is designed to ensure that we have the best products, services and brands for our customers in Hawaii,” the statement read.
“We look forward to continuing to expand our pilot program and delivering new products and services to Hawaii in the coming months and years.”
In addition to its online grocery service, Kohlers also has a retail store in Honolulu and operates a large online grocery store in Hawaii, the company said.
Online grocery delivery is something that has been on the horizon for Kohl, which announced in June that it would expand its online shopping service to 30 cities by the end of the year.
The company had initially announced plans to open the service in only five cities in 2017.
But Kohl said in a press release that it was “reviewing and evaluating all options” and that it is “currently evaluating the ability to expand into additional cities.”
Kohl’s previously said it would be adding at least 20 stores in Hawaii by the middle of the next year.
It was not immediately clear whether the Kohl pilot would expand to other states or if the company would seek to open more stores in other cities.
Kohl has said that the company will continue to work with state and local governments and local food safety authorities to help them determine the best way to implement the pilot.