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ALDI adds home grocery delivery in Raleigh and Durham areas

ALDI says it is making a $17 million investment to remodel stores in the Raleigh and Durham areas. As of Nov. 1, 2018, 12 of 13 remodels have been completed in the Raleigh-Durham area.
ALDI says it is making a $17 million investment to remodel stores in the Raleigh and Durham areas. As of Nov. 1, 2018, 12 of 13 remodels have been completed in the Raleigh-Durham area. ALDI

The ALDI grocery store chain is the latest to offer home delivery to shoppers in the Raleigh and Durham areas.

The service, introduced on Tuesday, will use Instacart to facilitate the online shopping and delivery. That is the same service used by Food Lion, Publix, Costco and several other national grocery chains.

According to a news release from ALDI, groceries can be delivered in as little as an hour. Users will register at the ALDI site and fill their cart online, then select the timeframe for their delivery. There is a $10 minimum order required for all deliveries.

First time Instacart shoppers in the area are being offered $10 off their first three ALDI orders of $35 or more with the code ALDIDELIVERY446. (Note: If you’ve already used Instacart with Food Lion or Publix, this discount won’t work for you.)

ALDI’s delivery charges are determined by a number of factors, such as how quickly you need your order, the total cost of your order and your location. According to ALDI, orders over $50 with a delivery window of “within one hour” will typically have a fee of $5.99. A timeframe of two to five hours would have a delivery fee of $3.99. There’s also an Instacart Express membership that costs $99 per year (14 day free trial) which gets you free delivery on orders $35 and up.

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How do those charges compare?

Walmart offers grocery delivery in the area for a $9.95 fee.

Amazon Prime offers two-hour delivery from Whole Foods with no delivery fee for orders of $35 or more. One-hour delivery is $7.99. An Amazon Prime membership costs $119 per year, but includes free Amazon shipping plus streaming TV, movies and music.

Your first delivery from Food Lion is free, but after that it’s a $5.99 delivery fee for orders $35 and over, $9.99 for smaller orders.

Remodeled ALDI in Raleigh opens soon

ALDI will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand reopening of its remodeled Raleigh store at 2900 Sunrise Valley Place (off New Bern Avenue), on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 8:25 a.m. The company, which has 1,800 stores across the nation, says it has invested more than $5 billion to remodel existing stores and expand its store count to 2,500 by the end of 2022.

In the Raleigh and Durham areas, ALDI says it is making a $17 million investment to remodel stores to make room for new products and stay competitive in an increasingly crowded grocery market. To date, 12 of 13 remodels have been completed in Raleigh-Durham. In August, the retailer announced it would expand its selection of fresh, organic and easy-to-prepare options by 40 percent.

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