Grocery Delivery Service Instacart to Launch in Augusta Sept. 21
Grocery shopping will get a little easier for Augustans starting this week.
In fact, many of them won’t have to go to the store at all once online grocery delivery service Instacart (www.instacart.com) launches in the CSRA on Sept. 21.
Instacart, which has become known around the country as “the Uber of grocery shopping,” will launch through popular local stores including Publix, Costco, CVS and Petco.
It will also have a widespread delivery radius of 156,000 households in Augusta, North Augusta, Aiken, Aiken Heights, Balltown, Graniteville, Beech Island, Warrenville, Martinez, Evans, Grovetown and Belvedere.
“Over the past year we’ve seen incredible demand in the Augusta area,” said Dave Osborne, senior regional director for Instacart. “We work with a variety of local retailers to provide the freshest, highest quality groceries to our customers.”
Since its 2012 launch, Instacart is now in more than 120 markets around the country.
The company continues to compete nationally with rivals like Google Express, Amazon Fresh and Amazon Prime Now, but none of those services have come to the CSRA yet. (Augusta Grocery Delivery appears to have been in service since at least 2016; no one answered the phone when we called.)
Local grocers such as Publix and Walmart have provided services for shoppers to order online and pick up their groceries curbside, but not delivery services.
Instacart charges a $5.99 delivery fee for one-hour delivery and $3.99 for two-hour delivery. It also offers a $14.99 monthly fee and a $149 annual fee that waives individual delivery fees for shoppers who plan to use the service extensively.
The arrival of Instacart in the CSRA will also reportedly bring job around 100 new Instacart shopper jobs to the area.