Jewel-Osco to soon roll out home grocery delivery in Northwest Indiana

The Jewel-Osco store in Munster.

Jewel-Osco is launching home delivery and online ordering for store pickup across Chicago starting Tuesday, and plans to soon expand the service to Northwest Indiana.

“This gives people another option when shopping for groceries,” Jewel-Osco President Doug Cygan said. “The Jewel-Osco e-Commerce Department allows for the company to come full circle as we began delivering tea in 1899.”

Initially, 11 supermarkets in Chicago will deliver orders of at least $30 for $5.95 to $7.95 within a window of the customer's choosing, with free delivery for first-time customers. Jewel-Osco hired 100 people and bought sixty new trucks designed for fresh food delivery.

Six of the stores also will have in-store pickup for online orders.

Jewel-Osco spokeswoman Mary Frances Trucco said the service would be expanded to Northwest Indiana "in the near future," but had no timetable.

Instacart currently delivers for Jewel-Osco, Strack & Van Til, Meijer, CVS and other retailers. Meijer also offers home delivery through Shipt throughout Northwest Indiana.

Strack & Van Til first rolled out online ordering with curbside store pickup in Northwest Indiana more than a year ago.

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