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11/02/2022

Food Lion Expands Grocery Pickup to 27 More Stores

The grocery retailer now offers the service at 630 locations across all 10 states where it operates.
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  • Food Lion is expanding its grocery pickup to 27 new stores.
  • The service is now available at more than 600 Food Lion locations in 10 states.
  • Grocery pickup and delivery continue to be popular options with consumers. 

Food Lion is expanding its grocery pickup service, bringing Food Lion To Go to more than two dozen new stores in Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia. 

In total, the grocer is bringing the pickup option to 27 more stores, Food Lion said in a release. Shoppers with participating stores can order groceries using the Food Lion To Go website or app, and pick up their orders later the same day, according to the release. In states where it’s permitted, shoppers can also order beer and wine through the to-go service. 

“With some of the busiest months ahead for our customers, we are excited to expand this convenient service to more stores in the Food Lion footprint, so our customers can spend more time on what matters most to them,” said Evan Harding, director of digital and e-commerce at Food Lion, in the release. “With the Food Lion to Go service, we provide our neighbors the option to shop through the channel they prefer, in-store or online, still ensuring they have access to the freshest groceries at affordable prices.”

Food Lion now offers the service at 630 locations across all 10 states where the grocer operates, the release said. The service allows customers to use digital coupons and access perks of Food Lion’s MVP loyalty program, including “Shop & Earn” rewards.

Food Lion To Go is now available at more than half of Food Lion’s 1,000 stores. Grocery pickup and delivery options became popular during the COVID-19 pandemic when consumers were looking for limited or no-contact ways to shop for food and other essentials. 

But online grocery options continue to be popular, even as consumers more comfortably return to shopping in stores. Grocers and other retailers are expanding or tweaking their delivery and pickup options. Discount grocer Aldi in October said it was creating its own online ordering service for pickup and delivery after partnering with Instacart since 2017. 

According to data from the latest Brick Meets Click/Mercatus survey, more than 63 million households in the U.S. went online in September to place at least one grocery order for either pickup or delivery. Online grocery sales increased approximately 4% in the third quarter of this year compared to 2021, up to $24.1 billion, according to the survey.