With the current Pandemic and stay at home guidelines, many of us have switched to delivery or drive up for our grocery shopping. While grocery stores are open at this time, there is less contact with other people when you order groceries for delivery or pickup.
I recently got flour and yeast on my last Sprouts pickup order and I felt like I won the lottery. Anyone else feeling like this lately when they finally find something they’ve been out of and is in high demand at the grocery stores due to the Coronavirus pandemic?
Who offers drive-up grocery in Phoenix?
Who delivers groceries in Phoenix?
Two questions a lot of us have been asking since the stay-at-home recommendations have been in place (and many of us will continue looking for options even as orders have lifted but still wish to keep with social distancing for awhile).
My favorite has been Target drive up. Quickest to get your order, seamless and completely no contact (they’re not even requiring a barcode scan most of the time). The downside, no perishable groceries.
The store I’m missing most by not shopping in-store is Trader Joes. Currently, they do not offer any pickup or delivery options.
Previous to the Coronavirus pandemic, I occasionally used drive-up services especially as a time saver during the holidays. I’ve also found it to be a money saver for me as I stick to my list with less impulse buys even with the added fees some stores add (items priced higher, pickup/delivery fee, tip).
Fruit and Vegetable Produce Boxes in Phoenix
There are few CSAs and similar box programs that have been around for a while where you sign up for a box every week or two weeks (and for this post I won’t go into listing subscription box options). To help people get groceries during this pandemic a few businesses are offering boxes several times a week, where you can prepay for the box and then go pick it up (touch-free curbside pickup). Both of these options are a set box that you can not customize.
Everybody’s Family Fruit – Everybody’s Family Fruit has brought back their combo boxes to help everyone get produce as a curbside pickup option at their Peoria location. They are also adding essentials like milk, tortillas and paper towels to some boxes. When boxes are available, they post on their Facebook page with a link to order (boxes have been selling out so don’t wait when they post). Everybody’s Family Fruit does offer additional items that can be ordered but note, that they can not be added to a box pickup. Orders must be placed separately and picked up separately. As of the end of April, they are offering delivery throughout the valley.
McClendon’s Select – McClendon’s Select Farm, well known for providing high quality produce to restaurants and a farmers market regular, has added grab and go produce boxes available at 2 locations. Sign-up for their newsletter to get notified when boxes are available for purchase on the website, reserve and drive up to your selected location at the pickup time. All produce is from their certified organic farm.
Arizona Grass Raised Beef Co – Arizona Grass Raised Beef company offers Farmer’s Markets boxes available for order and their website which then ship out weekly. There are a three combo boxes options or you can order individual items. They offer a variety of beef cuts plus beef broth.
Phoenix Grocery Store Curbside Pickup and Delivery
Most grocery stores offered curbside pickup and delivery prior to the Corovid-19 Pandemic and have continued to offer these services ramping up as fast as they can to keep up with demand. Most require you to download their app to place the order. When you arrive for pickup at your reserved time you either call a phone number or notify them through the app that you have arrived. Pickup and delivery is also offered at many stores through services like Instacart and Shipt. These are also app-based and the people who grocery shop for you are contractors in a similar model to Uber. Two that I’m familiar with are Instacart and Shipt and I’m sure there are others in the Phoenix area.
Sprouts – Sprouts is offering both pickup and delivery through Instacart. Use the app to schedule your time and place your order. If picking up, once your order is ready go to the store and park in the parking spots designated for Instacart grocery pickup and use the app to let them know that you have arrived. I’ve found it best to wait until you are notified that your order is ready because it not always ready at the start of your reserved timeslot.
Target – Target offers drive up through the Target app. Place your order and it will be ready within 4 hours. Orders can be placed for groceries that are non-perishable along with other items they stock in the store. There’s no fee and no minimum order. At this time, you can’t order things like toilet paper that are in very short supply. Target also offers delivery through Shipt.
Walmart – Walmart is offering grocery pickup through the website and app.
Frys – Fry’s offers grocery pickup (formerly known as Clicklist). Order online and head to the store when ready. Currently, pickup time slots are a few days out. Look for the specially marked spots and call the phone number on the sign giving them your name and parking spot number. Fry’s offers delivery through Shipt.
Safeway – Safeway offers Drive Up & Go through the Safeway Delivery and Pickup App (this is different from the Safeway app you may have used for their rewards program). They currently don’t seem to be offering delivery through the app (they previously have offered direct delivery) but are offering it through Instacart and Shipt.
Bashes – Bashes offers delivery through Instacart
AJ’s Fine Food – AJs is offering delivery through Instacart.
Costco – Costco offers delivery through Instacart. Currently, there is no pickup option available but they do ship some essentials like toilet paper (when in stock).
Amazon Fresh and Whole Foods delivery – Amazon prime members can order groceries through Amazon Fresh or Whole Foods for delivery. The delivery range has recently expanded in the Phoenix area so if you didn’t use to be in range, check to see if you now qualify.
Albertsons – Albertsons is offering grocery delivery through the Instacart app.
*these options are continually changing, time slots may be full or not available in your area. Always check with your closest store for the latest information.
Restaurants offering curb-side grocery pickup
Restaurants have standing food delivery orders but with the restaurants closed for dining in, they have an excess of food. Due to the pandemic stock-up, many grocery stores are struggling to keep their shelves stocked especially with essentials like flour, rice, potatoes, eggs, and milk. Many restaurants are offering these groceries available for sale which is a win on both sides – the restaurants get their food sold and we are able to get the food we need. The local restaurants are struggling most during this time so this is a great way to support our local food community. I’ve put together a list of restaurants offering grocery pickup. They are also offering meals to go, so support our community and orders meal to go along with stocking up on grocery essentials. This list is constantly changing so for the most up to date options, check the restaurants’ website or social media channels.
- Sorso, Scottsdale
- Pita Jungle
- US Egg
- Evo Scottsdale
- Queen Creek Olive Mill
- Zinque, Scottsdale
- Ginger Monkey, Chandler
- Buck and Rider, Phoenix. Now offering seafood pickup curbside (order online)