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What Grocery Stores Have Curbside Pickup? (And How It Works)

The demand for online grocery shopping increased significantly in 2020. According to a survey from the consulting firm Brick Meets Click, the number of US households purchased online groceries in June 2020 is up by 183% compared to August 2019.

Online grocery shopping is here to stay and is expected to grow in the upcoming years. In this article, we’ll cover how curbside pickup works at 15 most popular grocery stores and the costs associated with it.

There are two ways you can receive your online grocery orders – curbside pickup, or home delivery. I wrote a separate article about home delivery and if you’re interested in finding out how home delivery works, you should check out that article

Let’s keep exploring how curbside pickup works for online grocery orders.

Most stores use their employees to shop and bring pickup orders to your car in designated areas. Some stores partner with third-party companies like Instacart to process pickup orders.

I compiled the list of most popular grocery stores that offer curbside pickup. I’ll further explain how pickup works at each store, but you can find a quick summary in the table below:

 FeesRewardsMin.
Order
AlbertsonsNoYes$30
Aldi$1.99
$3.99
NoNo
Food Lion$1.99
$3.99
Yes$10
Giant EagleNoYes$35
Harris Teeter$4.95YesNo
H-E-BNo YesNo
KrogerNoYesNo
Meijer$4.95YesNo
PublixNoYes$35
SafewayNoYes$30
ShopRite$4.99YesNo
TargetNoYesNo
WalmartNoNo$30
WegmansNoYes$10
Whole FoodsNo No$35

How Curbside Pickup Works at 15 Most Popular Grocery Stores

1. Albertsons

Albertsons curbside pick up service is called “Drive Up & Go” and it’s free.

If you already have a “Just for U” account with Albertsons, you can use it while placing your order online and get the savings associated with your card.

When you arrive at the designated pickup area, you need to call the number on the posted sign, and a store employee brings the order to your car. 

Albertsons doesn’t accept digital or paper coupons for online orders, but you get the savings associated with your “Just for U” account.

FeesRewardsCouponsMin.
Order
NoYesNo$30

2. Aldi

Aldi offers curbside pickup through Instacart. There’s a $1.99 pickup fee for orders over $35, and a $3.99 fee applies to orders under $35.

Aldi’s online prices are higher than in-store prices to cover Instacart’s “personal shopping” fee.

You can use the digital coupons available through Instacart, but they are limited since most Aldi products are private labels.

When you arrive at the designated pickup area, follow the instructions on the signs, and an employee will bring the order to your car.

FeesRewardsCouponsMin.
Order
$1.99
$3.99
NoYes No

3. Food Lion

Food Lion’s curbside pick up service is called “Food Lion to Go” and offered through Instacart.

You can use your MVP Savings Card to receive the store benefits associated with your card. You get the MVP prices on all items ordered online.

You can also use the coupons available through Instacart.

There’s a $1.99 pickup fee for orders over $35, and a $3.99 fee applies to orders under $35. There’s a $10 minimum order requirement.

FeesRewardsCouponsMin.
Order
$1.99
$3.99
YesYes $10

4. Giant Eagle

Giant Eagle offers free curbside pickup service, and you’ll pay in-store prices for all items purchased online.

There’s a $35 minimum order requirement. Giant Eagle allows you to use coupons for curbside pickup orders.

When you arrive at the designated area for pickup, inform the pickup team of your coupons and the total dollar amount. They will make adjustments to the final price accordingly.

FeesRewardsCouponsMin.
Order
NoYesYes$35

5. Harris Teeter

Harris Teeter’s curbside pickup service is called “ExpressLane”. There is a $4.95 pickup fee for all orders, but the fee is waived for the first order.

You can also choose to pay a yearly subscription fee of $99.95 and get pickup service for free.

Harris Teeter allows using digital coupons for online orders. If you have printed coupons, you can hand them to Harris Teeter employee at the time of pickup, and they will be applied to your next ExpressLane order.

FeesRewardsCouponsMin.
Order
$4.95YesYes No

6. H-E-B

H-E-B charges a $4.95 personal shopper fee for curbside pickup orders. At the time of this writing (September 2020), they waived personal shopper fee for all curbside pickup orders except for same-day and next-day orders.

H-E-B’s online prices are different than in-store prices. You can apply digital coupons when placing an online order, but H-E-B doesn’t accept manufacturer or store coupons.

FeesRewardsCouponsMin.
Order
No YesYesNo

7. Kroger

Kroger offers free curbside pickup service, and there is no minimum order requirement.

Kroger may have special sales just for pickup customers through their app. You can load digital coupons to your Shopper’s Card, and they will be applied to online orders.

If you have any printed coupons, you can hand them to store associates at the time of pickup and they will apply to your order.

FeesRewardsCouponsMin.
Order
NoYesYesNo

8. Meijer

Meijer’s curbside pickup service is called “Meijer Pickup”. Meijer charges a $4.95 fee for curbside pickup orders, and there’s no minimum order requirement.

Most stores have a designated pickup area between the two front entrances, and there are signs posted.

Meijer offers in-store prices for curbside pickup orders. If you already have a mPerks account, you can load digital coupons to your account, and they will be applied to the order.

Meijer does not accept paper coupons for online orders.

FeesRewardsCouponsMin.
Order
$4.95YesYesNo

9. Publix

Publix offers curbside pickup through Instacart. There’s no fee for curbside pickup service, but there’s a $35 minimum order requirement.

Publix’s online prices are higher than in-store prices. You can use the digital coupons available through Instacart, and they will be applied automatically when you add a qualifying item to your cart.

Publix doesn’t accept printed coupons for online orders.

FeesRewardsCouponsMin.
Order
NoYesYes$35

10. Safeway

Safeway’s curbside pickup policies are similar to Albertsons’. Curbside pick up service is called “Drive Up & Go” and it’s free.

If you already have a “Just for U” account, you can use it when placing an online order, and the savings will be applied.

When you arrive at the designated pickup area, you need to call the number on the sign, and a store employee will bring the order to your car.

Safeway doesn’t accept digital or paper coupons for online orders, but you get the savings associated with your “Just for U” account.

FeesRewardsCouponsMin.
Order
NoYesNo$30

11. ShopRite

ShopRite’s curbside pickup service is called “ShopRite from Home”. There’s a $4.95 fee for the curbside pickup service, and there’s no minimum order requirement.

ShopRite has designated pickup areas in the parking lot, and you need to call the number on the sign when you arrive at the store. A store associate will bring the order and load it into your car.

You can apply digital coupons while placing your order online. If you have printed coupons, you can hand them to the store associate at the time of pickup.

FeesRewardsCouponsMin.
Order
$4.99YesYesNo

12. Target

Target’s curbside pickup service is called “Drive up”. There’s no fee or minimum order requirement for curbside pickup.

You can only order through the Target app, and a notification is sent when the order is ready for pickup.

Before you head to the store to pick up the order, you should notify Target that you’re on your way.

Target’s curbside pickup prices are the same as in-store prices. Target Circle’s offers apply to curbside pickup orders, but you can’t use any other coupons or promotions.

FeesRewardsCouponsMin.
Order
NoYesNoNo

13. Walmart

Walmart offers free curbside pickup and has a $30 minimum order requirement.

You can place your grocery order on the Walmart app. A notification will be sent when your order is ready for pick up.

You should notify Walmart through the app that you’re on your way for the pickup. You can also call the store directly to let them know.

When you arrive at the store, follow the orange signs to the designated pickup area, and an associate will bring the order to your car.

Walmart’s online prices are the same as in-store prices, but Walmart doesn’t accept any coupons for online orders.

FeesRewardsCouponsMin.
Order
NoNoNo$30

14. Wegmans

Wegmans offers curbside pickup service through Instacart. There’s no fee for curbside pickup service, but there’s a $10 minimum order requirement.

Wegmans’ online prices are higher than in-store prices. Also, Wegmans doesn’t accept printed coupons for online orders.

You can link your Wegmans “Shopper Club Card” to your Instacart account and apply digital coupons to your order.

FeesRewardsCouponsMin.
Order
NoYesYes$10

15. Whole Foods

Whole Foods offers free curbside pickup service to Amazon Prime members for orders over $35.You can order groceries through the Amazon app, and a notification will be sent when your order is ready for pickup – usually within an hour.

You should notify Whole Foods through the app that you’re on your way for pickup. When you arrive at the designated pickup area, a store associate will bring the order to your car.

Amazon Prime Members have exclusive discounts available at Whole Foods. I explained those perks in another article. You should check it out if you’re interested in finding out how Prime membership works at Amazon.

FeesRewardsCouponsMin.
Order
No NoNo$35

Summary

In this article, we learned how curbside pickup works at 15 most popular grocery stores. We also learned if they charge additional fees for pickup orders, accept coupons, and have a minimum order requirement.

Curbside pickup is an excellent alternative to in-store shopping since it’s safe, convenient, and saves you time. If you are interested in finding out more about online grocery shopping, you check out the related articles below:

16 Grocery Stores With Home Delivery (And How Much It Costs)

9 Tips to Save Money on Instacart Orders

10 Benefits of Online Grocery Shopping (And Why You Should Consider It)

Written by Erol

Erol has over 12 years of experience in the consumer goods industry. He launched many successful products for major brands, which are sold at big retailers like Walmart, Costco, Amazon, Target, Kroger, Publix, and more. He likes to write and share his experience with others. Outside of work, you can find him at a hiking trail in New England, or playing soccer with his kids.

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