Cub Foods a Month Away from Delivering the Goods

Created: March 26, 2018 06:57 PM

After a long day of work, it’s not out of the question for many to order delivery pizza or Chinese food rather than relying on the grocery store for food. It’s not exactly the healthiest option, but it often gets the job done. But in one month, those options in the Duluth area are going to get a lot healthier.

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Starting April 26th, Cub Foods is going to be delivering groceries to the Duluth area.

Mike Erickson is the store director at Cub Foods in Duluth, and he says it will be the first commercial grocery delivery service in the area.

"They basically come in and shop for you. It's a personal shopper. They'll come into the store and pick out each item themselves as if they were picking them out for themselves. They'll come check out the order and bring it right to your house,” said Erickson.

Instead of shelf-shopping, Erickson says you'll be able to choose your groceries through Cub's website. However, there is a charge for the delivery. It’s $5.99 for any order over $35 dollars with higher delivery charges for orders less than that.

"Once you get that order done, you can just hit submit and it should be delivered that day,” said Erickson.

According to Erickson, Cub Foods in the Twin Cities has been using this service for a while, so it should be an easy transition to the north.

“Our company has been working at this for the last two to three years, and really, we've gotten good at it already,” said Erickson.

Instead of a Cub Foods' employee doing the shopping, the company is outsourcing that work to another company they've been paired up with down in the Twin Cities.

“We have a company that we've been using called Instacart,” said Erickson.

According to Instacart's website, the same-day grocery delivery service is not available in Duluth, yet. But, that is expected to change with Cub's use.

Erickson suggests that the home-delivery service isn't just for seniors or those strictly homebound.

"This is also a really good tool that could be used by the students at campuses. I think their parents would be happy about that as well, being able to have healthier options," said Erickson.

Cub Foods hasn't drawn up a final map to where they will deliver to. So, to those in communities like Superior and Hermantown that are eager to receive their groceries from Cub, it hasn’t been determined if they will be included or excluded from the delivery service.

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