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.

There are two ways you can buy groceries online; get delivery to your home, or schedule a pickup.

Most stores use their employees to shop and bring curbside pickup orders to your car in the designated areas.

Some stores partner with third-party companies like Instacart to process pickup orders.

I compiled a list of 15 popular grocery stores that offer curbside pickup. I will explain how the 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-BNoYesNo
KrogerNoYesNo
Meijer$4.95YesNo
PublixNoYes$35
SafewayNoYes$30
ShopRite$4.99YesNo
TargetNoYesNo
WalmartNoNo$30
WegmansNoYes$10
Whole FoodsNoNo$35

List of 15 Popular Grocery Stores With Curbside Pickup

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 when you order the groceries 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 will bring the order to your car. 

There are no digital or paper coupons applicable to 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 often higher than in-store prices because Instacart has its own pricing policy.

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
NoYesNo

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 minimum order requirement of $10.

FeesRewardsCouponsMin.
Order
$1.99
$3.99
YesYes$10

4. Giant Eagle

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

There’s a minimum order requirement of $35. You can also use coupons for curbside pickup orders.

When you arrive at the designated area for pickup, you can 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.

You can use digital coupons when ordering online. 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
$4.95YesYesNo

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 ordering online, but the manufacturer or store coupons are not applicable.

FeesRewardsCouponsMin.
Order
NoYesYesNo

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 at the time of pickup to be applied 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 minimum order requirement of $35.

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 does not 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 you place the grocery order online, and the savings will be applied to your order.

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.

There are no digital or paper coupons applicable to 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. An employee will bring the order and load it to your car.

You can apply digital coupons for qualifying items when you are ordering online. If you have printed coupons, you can present them when you pick up the order.

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 you will receive a notification when the order is ready.

Before you head to the store to pick up your 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 cannot use any other coupons or promotions.

FeesRewardsCouponsMin.
Order
NoYesNoNo

13. Walmart

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

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

You can notify Walmart through the app that you’re on your way for pickup. If you don’t have the Walmart app, then you can call the store directly.

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.

Online prices are the same as in-store prices. Walmart doesn’t accept any coupons.

FeesRewardsCouponsMin.
Order
NoNoNo$30

14. Wegmans

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

Wegmans’ online prices are higher than in-store prices. If you link your Wegmans “Shopper Club Card” to your Instacart account, you can apply digital coupons to your order.

You cannot use printed coupons for curbside pickup orders.

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 (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.

FeesRewardsCouponsMin.
Order
NoNoNo$35

Summary

In this article, we learned about how curbside pickup works at 15 popular grocery stores. We also learned if they charge additional fees for curbside pickup, 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 can read the related articles below:

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

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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