Walmart expanding alcohol deliveries to more states

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Walmart Inc. has expanded alcohol delivery to five more states, bringing to 23 the number in which customers can order wine and beer from or the company's app.

Arizona, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana and Ohio are the latest states to allow the deliveries, a Walmart spokeswoman said Thursday. A total of nearly 2,500 U.S. stores can now make the deliveries, she said.

Changes to state and local liquor laws opened the way for Walmart to deliver alcohol, according to trade publication Winsight Grocery Business.

The Bentonville-based retailer has delivered alcoholic beverages in California and Florida since 2019, the retailer said in a blog post at the time.

That same year, Walmart started allowing grocery curbside pickup of beer and wine at more than 2,000 stores in 29 states. Some locations also allowed the pickup of spirits.

To accept alcohol deliveries, customers must show a valid photo ID, and not appear intoxicated or to be giving alcohol to someone younger than 21. Walmart also said it will comply with local laws that may ban alcohol sales during certain hours or days.

Walmart shares fell $1.47, or 1%, to close Thursday at $146.16.