By Richard Mitchell
Source: Supermarket News

Officials in Decatur, Ga., are responding to the closing in December of a smaller footprint downtown Kroger store by providing free electric shuttles that transport shoppers to a new Publix supermarket.

During the three-month experiment, which will run until April 18, the shuttle will stop at several downtown pick-up points near many multifamily residences before transporting users about two miles to the Publix store. The service is intended to provide an easy transportation option for seniors who are less likely to own vehicles, but it is open to the public, according to published reports.

The Decatur Downtown Development Authority and Publix are co-sponsoring the program which uses two vehicles that seat three to four persons. The shuttles are running continuously from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and users also can go online to request rides on-demand.

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