BATAVIA, Ill.—Aldi is moving its curbside pickup service out of the test phase, Chain Store Age reports. The discount grocer has been piloting the program at U.S. stores in select markets and now plans to launch it at nearly 600 locations in 35 states by the end of July.
Customers can use the Aldi e-commerce site or mobile app to locate the closest Aldi store offering curbside pickup to place their order. Stores designate parking spots for pickup, and an employee loads the groceries into the vehicle upon their arrival for contactless service.
Three years ago, Aldi started to deliver groceries, and now offers that service to more than 10,000 ZIP codes in the United States. “Our curbside grocery pickup pilot was quickly embraced by our customers, and demand for this service has continued to increase,” said Jason Hart, CEO of Aldi U.S. “We're pleased to be bringing this service to customers across 35 states over the next several weeks. We are always looking for ways to make the Aldi shopping experience even more convenient and accessible for everyone. Whether shopping in-store, or online for delivery or pickup, we’ll continue to be here to safely serve our customers.”
Currently, Aldi has close to 2,000 stores in 36 states, and is adding locations rapidly. By the close of 2022, it will be the third-largest U.S. grocery retailer by store count.