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This Major Grocery Store Chain Just Expanded Its Pickup Service

Now customers across the nation can avoid physically going into the store to grocery shop.
Aldi store front

Since the start of the pandemic, several people have relied on both curbside pickup and delivery services to get groceries, especially those who are at high risk of experiencing adverse symptoms. As we experience an uptick in infection rates nationwide, the need for big chain grocery stores to continue to provide these services remains significant.

Aldi, which had "a successful pilot in select markets" for curbside grocery pickup just announced that the chain will be expanding the service across the country by the end of July.

"Our curbside grocery pickup pilot was quickly embraced by our customers and demand for this service has continued to increase," Jason Hart, ALDI U.S. CEO, said in a statement. "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."

The new curbside pickup service will be available in nearly 600 stores across the U.S. With staff members at other major grocery chains in select areas testing positive for coronavirus, having the option to pick up your groceries with minimal contact is a great way to minimize exposure. Although some experts are now saying the likelihood of contracting the virus while grocery shopping is medium to low-risk. (Related: The Worst Thing You're Doing While Grocery Shopping That Infuriates Others).

You can see which Aldi locations are offering curbside pickup by typing in your zipcode here. Then, thanks to Instacart, you can peruse the shelves of the virtual grocery store and fill up your cart with all of the essentials. Next, select which time frames work best for you to pick up your order, which an employee will load directly into your car. You can also pay an additional fee to have your groceries delivered to your home.

As the pandemic persists, many of us will have to continue to make adjustments to our daily routine to stay safe. For some of us, a grocery pickup service makes a considerable difference.