ST. CHARLES – Customers soon may be able to order alcohol online from Wal-Mart in St. Charles and pick it up at a designated curbside location at the store.
During the Government Operations Committee meeting May 15, the majority of aldermen voted in favor of allowing the service at Wal-Mart.
Wal-Mart’s new service will require final approval from the City Council, which could come June 5. Under the city’s liquor code, businesses may not offer drive-thru or curbside pickup of alcohol without a city waiver.
The Liquor Control Commission earlier had recommended approval of the curbside pickup service at Wal-Mart after reviewing the store’s safeguards against alcohol being delivered to minors or to those who are impaired.
Wal-Mart officials said for online orders and curbside pickups, a store associate brings out the groceries and finalizes the sale on a hand-held device.
If the order includes alcohol, the sales associate first checks the customer’s identification to make sure they are at least 21 years old.
Wal-Mart instituted the online ordering and curbside pickup at 18 of its Illinois stores in early May.
The stores offer the curbside pickup between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. On Sundays in St. Charles, when alcohol sales are prohibited in the city until 10 a.m., online shoppers would not be able to pick up alcohol purchases until that time but could pick up other groceries starting at 8 a.m.
Mayor Ray Rogina lauded Wal-Mart’s new service.
“This plan is adopting a modern technology for the moderate demands of citizens,” Rogina said.
Rogina noted that even though customers order the groceries online, the sale is local and the city would receive the applicable sales tax.
Also on May 15, the City Council approved a request from Vintage 53 to create an outdoor patio on public property boundaries outside of the business, located at 162 S. First St. The patio will have four to six tables on the sidewalk in front of the restaurant and will have enclosure fencing.