Meijer Brings Grocery Delivery to Chicago Suburbs, Rockford, IL

Meijer will offer grocery delivery service to nearly 2.5 million households throughout the Chicago suburbs and Rockford, Ill., starting July 13.

Launching as part of an expansion across six states that so far has resulted in 250,000-plus deliveries this year, the service is provided by Birmingham, Ala.-based delivery provider Shipt, combining personalized shopping with fresh groceries and a wide selection of daily essentials available 24 hours a day.

Using the Shipt smartphone app or placing orders from their computers or tablets, members can access more than 55,000 items available at Meijer stores, note any preferences, choose a one-hour delivery window and pay for their order. Fresh produce, meat, dairy and hard-to-carry items such as pet food, diapers and cleaning supplies can all be delivered to shoppers as soon as one hour after the order is placed, or up to one day in advance.

“Our goal is to provide store-to-door convenience to as many of our customers as possible," said Art Sebastian, VP of digital shopping for Meijer. "We believe that the personalized service that Shipt offers, coupled with the freshness and wide selection our customers love about Meijer, is the perfect meld of online shopping and our brick-and-mortar locations. Whether you're too busy or just have difficulty getting around a store, the ability to shop digitally and have it delivered when it's most convenient provides a life-changing alternative to the way you've always shopped for our groceries."

Meijer has aggressively rolled out the service since launching it in Detroit last September, and now offers home delivery throughout Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois and Wisconsin. The latest launch will cover more than 4,500 square miles and include more than 200 ZIP codes in Aurora, Algonquin, Bolingbrook, Bloomingdale, Crystal Lake, Elgin, Flossmoor, Hoffman Estates, Naperville, Joliet, Mokena, Orland Park, Oswego, Rolling Meadows, Round Lake Beach, St. Charles, Wheaton and Tinley Park, Ill., as well as Michigan City, Merrillville, Highland and Portage, Ind.

Shipt memberships are available for an annual fee of $99, and members have access to free delivery on all orders over $35. For orders under $35, there's a $7 delivery fee.

Based in Grand Rapids, Mich., Meijer operates more than 230 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin.