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Instacart will deliver groceries to Northwest Indiana homes in an hour

Same-day grocery delivery services from Google, Instacart and Postmates are expanding into more cities around the country, delivering everything from cereal to bottled water to toilet paper from nearby stores. Instacart is rolling out home delivery across Northwest Indiana.

If you're camped out in the middle of a Netflix binge or just don't feel like leaving the house, you can now get groceries delivered to your doorstep in Northwest Indiana.

San Francisco-based Instacart rolls out same-day grocery delivery services across Northwest Indiana and the south suburbs on Wednesday. For a delivery fee or a monthly subscription fee, an estimated 315,000 households across the Calumet Region will be able to order online from Strack & Van Til, Costco, CVS, Petco, Jewel-Osco and Meijer, and get groceries delivered on the same day, in as little as an hour.

Strack & Van Til first partnered with Instacart last year for a curbside pickup service in which customers order online in advance and then pick up their groceries outside their neighborhood supermarket.

"Strack & Van Til was founded on the belief that we should work hard to make sure our customers are completely satisfied, and we love finding new ways to do just that," Strack & Van President and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Strack said. "Partnering with Instacart to offer the convenience of same-day grocery delivery is right in line with our goal to make our customers lives easier through feeding them."

Now the Instacart service is being expanded across the Region to include home delivery and other retailers, including Costco. Instacart lets customers order from Costco without being a member.

“Over the past year we’ve seen incredible demand in the Northwest Indiana area,” said David Osborne, senior regional director with Instacart. “We work with a variety of local retailers to provide the freshest, highest-quality groceries to our customers. Expansion into Northwest Indiana gives us an opportunity to expand service in the Indiana market. We’re also excited to build a world-class shopper community, where we can offer fun and flexible income-earning opportunities for our shoppers, who ultimately deliver this amazing service to the community.”

Locally, Instacart will deliver to Griffith, Highland, Hammond, Munster, Crown Point, Cedar Lake, St. John, Lowell, Schererville, Valparaiso, Dune Acres, Chesterton, Lake Station, New Chicago, Hobart, Hobart Township, Portage, Merrillville, Ogden Dunes, Whiting, Dyer, Calumet City, Chicago Heights, South Chicago Heights, South Holland, East Chicago, Burnham and Rensselaer.

It plans to hire more than 100 new part-time shoppers as it rolls out the service.

Customers go to the Instacart website or app, pick a store, choose the items they want and then select if they want delivery in an hour, within two hours or within the next seven days. An Instacart shopper will then pick the items up and make the delivery.

The service costs $5.99 for an order of at least $35. Customers also can sign up for a membership that waives delivery fees for an unlimited number of one-hour drop-offs of orders of $35 or more for $14.99 a month, or $149 a year.

For more information or to sign up, visit


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