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Giant expands on home shopping through Peapod

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Cumberland County-based Giant Food Stores LLC and its home-delivery affiliate, Peapod, are adding a grocery shopping service at select stores in Pennsylvania.

The retail chain announced Tuesday that it will begin running its Giant Pick Up service through the Illinois-based online grocery outlet. The Peapod service is available at four stores, including its Camp Hill and Susquehanna Township locations.

The other two stores are in Montgomery County — in Montgomeryville and Willow Grove.

Giant Pick Up replaces Shop from Home, which was available in Camp Hill and Willow Grove.

“Our customers are busier than ever and we want to provide them with a better place to shop by giving them options to shop that is most convenient to their lifestyle,” Jeff Beaulieu, vice president of sales and merchandising, said in a statement.

To use the free service, shoppers can visit Peapod.com or the Peapod app on their smartphone, where they enter their ZIP code. Once there, they can add items to their cart, select a payment method and then choose a one-hour pick-up time any day of the week.

There is no minimum purchase required and coupons are accepted and doubled.

Giant and Peapod also have opened a new fulfillment center in Lehigh County, according to reports.

Peapod delivers in select markets, including Philadelphia and southeast Pennsylvania, according to the service areas link on its website.

A Giant spokesman was not immediately available for comment on potential expansion of the new service and how it helps the chain grow in a highly competitive industry.

Other retailers, including Weis Markets and Wal-Mart, offer online shopping.

More about the companies

Founded in 1989, Peapod is a wholly owned subsidiary of Netherlands-based grocer Royal Ahold. Giant, based in Middlesex Township, is a division of Ahold USA, which is a subsidiary of Royal Ahold.

Peapod is the nation’s leading online grocer, serving 24 U.S. markets in communities in 12 states and the District of Columbia.

Jason Scott

Jason Scott

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