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June 28, 2016 07:00 ET

Instacart Launches One-Hour Grocery Delivery Service in Marin

Retail Partners Include Whole Foods Market, Costco, Mollie Stone's Markets, Andronico's Community Markets, Petco, Smart & Final

MARIN COUNTY, CA--(Marketwired - June 28, 2016) - Instacart (www.Instacart.com), the fast-growing retail delivery service whose personal shoppers hand pick and deliver items from trusted local stores, announced today an expansion into Marin County. As of today, residents in Marin and surrounding areas can order from their favorite retailers like Whole Foods Market, Costco, Mollie Stone's Markets, Andronico's Community Markets, Petco, Smart & Final and Safeway, and have their groceries delivered straight to their doorsteps in as little as one hour.

"Expanding our footprint into Marin is an exciting indicator of the growing demand for grocery delivery in the Bay Area," said Sid Agarwal, Instacart's General Manager for the San Francisco Bay Area. "San Francisco is one of our biggest and most successful markets, and we're thrilled to provide Marin's community with the same fast and convenient access to their favorite fresh and healthy products, whenever and wherever they want them."

"We're thrilled to provide our Marin shoppers with the convenience of delivery they need to keep up with busy schedules. We share the same vision as Instacart to provide shoppers with access to the highest-quality, fresh and healthy groceries, even if they can't make it to the store," said Jeff Jenkins, Whole Foods Market's global executive coordinator of digital strategy. "We're thrilled to continue growing our partnership to meet the needs of more and more customers. "

Mollie Stone's Markets first partnered with Instacart in June 2015. "We have been able to provide a great service and have made a difference in peoples' lives with this convenience," said CEO Mike Stone. "We've been really impressed by the interest from customers, and expanding the service to customers in our own backyard in Marin is a natural next step."

Marin marks the fourth trade area where Andronico's has partnered with Instacart for on-demand grocery delivery, following San Francisco, East Bay and South Bay. The company has already been piloting a pick-up service through Instacart in its San Anselmo store. "Through Instacart, we've been able to reach customers well outside our brick and mortar parameters, making the partnership extremely valuable for us," said CEO Suzy Monford. "The results have been impressive -- our business on Instacart now represents 95 percent incremental sales for Andronico's."

Instacart's initial delivery area in Marin County includes areas within 14 zip codes: 94941, 94901, 94965, 94903, 94920, 94904, 94960, 94925, 94939, 94949, 94945, 94947, 94930, 94957.

For every order placed in the first two months following launch, Instacart will donate a meal to the SF-Marin Food Bank. Instacart will also have a presence at a number of events in the local Marin community during its launch, the Downtown Farmer's Market in San Rafael on Thursday, June 30. Attendees can stop by the Instacart booth for swag and samples.

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 up to seven days in advance) 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. 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 customer's' local, favorite stores and deliver straight to their doors. Founded in San Francisco in 2012, Instacart has quickly scaled to 23 metropolitan areas across the US 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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