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November 10, 2015 07:00 ET

Instacart Announces Three New Partnerships for Chicago Area Residents: Local Foods, Lemon Tree Grocers, and Peter Rubi Produce

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - November 10, 2015) - Instacart (www.Instacart.com), the fast-growing retail delivery service whose personal shoppers hand pick and deliver items from trusted local stores, today announced three new partnerships for Chicago residents. Beginning today, customers in Chicago can now order locally sourced food items from Local Foods, quality meats and cheeses from Lemon Tree Grocers, and locally grown produce from Peter Rubi and have them ready for pick up or delivered straight to their doorsteps in as little as one hour.

Local Foods aims to revive and strengthen the local food system and infrastructure by buying directly from farmers and farm hubs. "We definitely want all Chicagoans to visit our beautiful converted warehouse space in Bucktown, but sometimes you don't have the time," says Local Foods CEO Andrew Lutsey. "We are very proud to be partnering with Instacart to deliver the same incomparable products you might eat in many of the great Chicago restaurants we partner with-such as Trencherman, SoHo House, Revolution Brewing, The Publican, Lula Cafe and many more -- but instead, directly to your door."

Lemon Tree Grocer is a specialty retailer that offers an "old world" grocery experience like no other. With the Instacart partnership, Lemon Tree hopes to make the "old world" experience new again.

"We are excited to have Instacart delivery available to our customers in the Downers Grove area, while also providing the highest quality natural and organic products available," said Shaun Black, co-owner of Lemon Tree Grocers. "Our partnership with Instacart comes with the added convenience of same-day delivery to a home or office -- which is especially valuable to our customers who are busy and don't have the time to make it into our store."

Peter Rubi produce offers its customers a wide assortment of fresh organic and conventional produce and healthy grocery selections. Owner Brandon Graves claims, "we decided to partner with Instacart for our online grocery store because of user friendly platform, seamless technological integration, and their dedication to their customers. We look forward to a longstanding relationship with Instacart."

"We are excited to be partnering with all three of these retailers and offering our customers new grocery delivery options in Chicago," said Dave Osborne, General Manager at Instacart. "As we continue to grow in the market, our customers benefit from more convenience, access, and expanded choices, and we look forward to continuing to meet their needs through our on-demand service."

Instacart's initial delivery area for Local Foods, Lemon Tree Grocers, and Peter Rubi Produce include the majority of Instacart's Chicago delivery zone and surrounding Western suburbs.

Originally launched in San Francisco, and since expanded into many other cities, Instacart has fundamentally changed the traditional grocery delivery space by connecting customers with personal shoppers who shop for and deliver grocery orders in as little as one hour. This eliminates the need for costly infrastructure such as inventory, warehouses and trucks. In January 2015, Forbes named Instacart "America's Most Promising Company."

How Instacart works: Customers go online to www.Instacart.com or open the Instacart mobile app on their iPhone or Android device, select their city/store, add items to a virtual cart, and then choose a delivery window (within one hour, within two hours, or some scheduled time in the future) and check out. An Instacart Personal Shopper accepts the order on his/her smartphone, uses the Instacart Shopper app to guide them through shopping, and then delivers the order to the customer in the designated delivery timeframe.

New customers can open an account at www.Instacart.com. The first delivery is free and future orders cost just $3.99 for two-hour delivery or $5.99 for one-hour delivery for orders over $35. The minimum order size is just $10. Instacart also offers Instacart Express -- an annual membership that eliminates delivery fees for all orders of $35 or more. The cost is just $99 per year. For other FAQs, visit https://www.instacart.com/faq.

About Instacart
Instacart allows people to order groceries online by connecting them with personal shoppers who hand pick items at customers' local, favorite stores and deliver straight to their doors. Founded in San Francisco in 2012, Instacart has quickly scaled to 18 metropolitan areas across the U.S. and partnered with dozens of grocery retailers, including popular national chains (Whole Foods Market, Costco, Petco) as well as local, regional grocers (Marsh Supermarkets, Bi-Rite, Plum Market). By combining a personal touch with cutting-edge technology, Instacart offers customers a simple solution to save time and eat fresh food from the grocery brands they trust. Instacart is the only grocery service that can meet today's on-demand lifestyle by delivering in as little as one hour. First delivery is free at www.Instacart.com.

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