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Getting groceries delivered to your door just got easier for Aiken residents

August 31, 2018 GMT

The Kroger Co. and Instacart declared on Thursday they would be partnering up on a national expansion which would bring same-day delivery of groceries to 75 additional Kroger stores throughout the country.

The expansion will be completed by late October, according to a press release.

This expansion includes stores in Augusta and surrounding areas including those in North Augusta and Aiken.

With same-day delivery service, customers who shop at Kroger stores can fill their online carts and have essentials and fresh groceries sent to their residence in as little as two hours.

“We are redefining the customer experience through Restock Kroger by rapidly accelerating our customer coverage area for seamless shopping, giving our shoppers the choice of stores, delivery, curbside pickup or ship to your door,” said Matt Thompson, Kroger’s digital vice president of ClickList.

The expansion will “grow Kroger and Instacart’s nationwide footprint by 50 percent, making the delivery service available through more than 1,600 stores,” according to the press release.

The Kroger Co. is the nation’s largest supermarket retailer. Instacart is a fast-growing e-commerce company that provides services for online grocery orders.

The two companies first announced their partnership in fall 2017, and expanded their partnership in March of this year. The inclusion of stores now offering same-day delivery to online orders for grocery shoppers is the latest act of that expanding partnership.

“Kroger and its family of stores have long offered a superior combination of quality and variety. With this coast-to-coast partnership expansion, we’re proud to now power same-day delivery to more Kroger households than ever before,” said Sarah Mastrorocco, vice president of business development at Instacart.

Ordering groceries online is becoming an increasingly popular trend. The convenience of having groceries delivered is especially appealing to people who have difficulties leaving their homes (such as those with disabilities that prevent them from driving) and to people whose jobs don’t allow them the time to shop often.

Customers can shop online at delivery.kroger.com or their local store’s website. Even hot foods like rotisserie chicken can be ordered via the internet.