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Walmart will begin offering grocery delivery for a fee Tuesday throughout the Charleston area. File

The nation's largest retailer is joining the caravan of companies offering grocery delivery in the Charleston market.

Walmart will begin offering so-called "last-mile" doorstep delivery Tuesday in the Lowcountry for $9.95, including same-day service. Delivery, which does not require a subscription fee, will be available in outlying areas as well, including Goose Creek, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston and Summerville.

Shoppers who want to use the service, are directed to go to walmart.com/grocery online or access the Walmart Grocery mobile app, enter their ZIP code and create a shopping list.

Items can be filtered for special dietary needs, and Walmart does not charge more for items delivered than those bought in the store.

During checkout, select a delivery time within a one-hour window. The delivery fee is paid at checkout, so no money changes hands at the customer's door.

Customers can get their first order delivered for free with the promo code FRESHCAR and a $50 minimum order.

The Arkansas-based retail giant plans to roll out grocery delivery to 100 metro areas by the end of the year, covering 40 percent of its market.

It already offers the service in several large metro areas, including Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Miami and Seattle. In addition to delivery in the Charleston region, the company offers curbside pickup service at 11 stores.

Several grocery stores and Target in the Lowcountry now offer delivery for a fee through online companies Shipt or Instacart.

Whole Foods Market offers one-hour delivery for $7.99 and free two-hour delivery on orders over $35. The offer comes through the grocer's owner, Amazon, and its Prime membership, which cost $119 a year or $12.99 a month.

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Walmart started a pilot program in September to bring groceries to homes through Spark Delivery, which uses independent drivers who partner with California-based Delivery Drivers Inc.

Delivery Drivers manages recruiting, screening and background checks, payment and accounting, among other services, for drivers. Drivers are paid by the delivery.

It also provides assistance to help drivers establish their own small business.

“It is important to us at DDI that we help each independent driver run their transportation business correctly,” said Aaron Hageman, CEO of Delivery Drivers Inc. “We are excited to partner with Walmart to allow them to focus on providing great products while we can build and support a professional driver network to focus on the delivery side of the business.”

Reach Warren L. Wise at 843-937-5524. Follow him on Twitter @warrenlancewise.