More Whole Foods stores serve up Prime Now delivery

Amazon program expands to 14 major metro markets

Amazon has brought Prime Now on-demand delivery of Whole Foods Market grocery orders to additional cities.

The companies said Tuesday that Amazon Prime members can now get free two-hour delivery from Whole Foods stores in Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia and Richmond, Va. With the expansion, the service is now available in 14 cities.

“We’ve been delighted with the customer response to free two-hour delivery through Prime Now, and we’re excited to bring the service to our customers in Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia and Richmond,” Christina Minardi, executive vice president of operations at Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods, said in a statement. “Today’s announcement is another way that we are continuing to expand access to our high-quality products and locally-sourced favorites.”

Seattle-based Amazon, which acquired Whole Foods last August, has said it plans to roll out free two-hour grocery delivery via Prime Now nationwide this year. The service was launched at Whole Foods in February and has steadily expanded to more large markets, most recently Denver, Sacramento and San Diego in late April.

Other metro areas with the two-hour delivery service from Whole Foods include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Austin, Cincinnati, Dallas and Virginia Beach.

Prime members in the 14 markets can shop for thousands of Whole Foods items — including fresh and organic produce, bakery, dairy, meat, seafood, floral, everyday staples and locally sourced products — through or the Prime Now app and receive home delivery. A selection of alcohol is also available for delivery to customers in Richmond, Amazon said.

Two-hour delivery is no charge on orders of $35 or more for Prime members, who also can choose delivery within an hour for $7.99. Delivery from Whole Foods via Prime Now is available daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

In other news, Whole Foods said it plans to open a 42,000-square-foot store in Burbank, Calif., on June 20 and a 43,000-square-foot location in Kirkland, Wash., on Aug. 16. The retailer noted that the Burbank store will house Stage 71, a dining and drinking destination offer bar food favorites plus a selection of local craft beers on tap, wine and specialty cocktails.

Other upcoming Whole Foods openings include a 36,000-square-foot store in uptown Charlotte, N.C., on June 13; a 40,000-square-foot store in Lancaster, Pa., on June 27; and a 48,000-square-foot store in midtown Tampa, Fla., in the fall of 2020, which is a relocation of a 32,000-square-foot location less than a mile away.

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