Some New Yorkers will soon be able to get grocery deliveries from Walmart once again — whether they like it or not.
Walmart announced it is working with Instacart to make deliveries available to parts of three boroughs: Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. Customers are able to place an order online, which will be filled by employees at the nearest store (probably Long Island or Secaucus), then picked up and delivered by an Instacart gig worker in as little as an hour. Groceries, household goods, and electronics will all be available.
This is the third time that Walmart has offered delivery to New York City, where there famously are no Walmart locations — a glaring hole for a retailer that has more than 5,300 locations nationwide, including Sam's Clubs. Both previous attempts at Walmart delivery — and many attempts to open a store — in the city fell flat, probably because many New Yorkers and even Mayor Bill de Blasio have actively opposed the company.
Delivery won't be available in Manhattan or Staten Island, presumably the two boroughs where previous delivery attempts did poorly. Time will tell if Walmart's latest effort to take a bite out of the Big Apple will also falter, or if the third time's the charm.