MICHIGAN CITY – City residents who want to spend more time enjoying summer and less time shopping can take advantage of one of the largest online grocery delivery services in the Midwest – at least for a few months.

Peapod.com "is bringing ease and convenience" to the area with "a summer pilot in Harbor Country and Michigan City," according to spokeswoman Nicole Friedman.

"Many of our Chicagoland customers vacation in Michigan City and Michigan during the summer months," she said. "We wanted to make sure we provided them the same ease and convenience in their summer home as they experience during the year."

Peapod offers more than 12,000 products in a range of categories: produce; meat and seafood; deli items; prepared foods; natural and organic foods; Kosher foods; office and school supplies; seasonal items; pet items; health and beauty aids; even wine, beer and spirits (in specific markets), she said.

"Peapod offers everything from fresh produce to restaurant-quality meats to local favorites," Friedman said.

"We also pride ourselves on providing solutions for busy people. Whether you’re shopping for one or many, we have ways to make grocery shopping more simple – tips, tricks and hacks, along with seasonal flavors and inspirational recipe content," she said.

"Peapod wants to ensure our customers are spending their time the way they want to. We also offer unattended delivery if your schedule doesn’t allow for you to be home when we deliver."

Also offered are "a variety of affordable meal kits – many less than $5 per serving – that contain pre-measured, pre-cut and pre-washed ingredients for meals made in 30 minutes or less," Friedman said. "Meal kits can be added to a customer’s Peapod shopping cart along with other grocery and pantry essentials with no subscription or commitment."

Customers just log on to the website or app "and shop by category, brand, diet or price," she said.

"Once an order is placed Peapod delivers the groceries straight to the customer’s door. Michigan City customers can order any time, and have their orders delivered on Wednesday evenings, Friday mornings or Saturday mornings," she said.

Items will be delivered from Peapod's warehouse in Lake Zurich, Illinois, Friedman said. The company also has facilities in Chicago and Indianapolis.

"This ensures that all products are climate controlled and maintain top quality freshness throughout the delivery process. We receive shipments daily and use strict quality control processes to shop your groceries just as you would," she said. "Your satisfaction is 100 percent guaranteed, so if you’re not happy, we make it right."

The service has been operating for 30 years in the Chicago area, Milwaukee and Indianapolis.

"We are really excited to expand to Michigan and Michigan City, and are starting small with a summer pilot to the common vacation area," she said. The program will be a pilot through the summer months.

Peapod already provides year-round delivery in Valparaiso, Schererville, Saint John, Highland, Munster, Griffith, Dyer, Cedar Lake, Merrillville, Lowell, Hobart, Hebron and Crown Point.

"It’s all about options with Peapod," Friedman said.

PEAPOD HOME DELIVERY AREA

Peapod.com will be expanding its grocery delivery service to Michigan CIty and Michigan's Harbor Country for the summer months. Delivery will be available in the following ZIP codes.

INDIANA

• 46360: Michigan City, Trail Creek, Long Beach, Michiana Shores

MICHIGAN

* 49117: New Buffalo, Michiana, Grand Beach

• 49129: Union Pier

• 49115: Harbert

• 49116: Lakeside

• 49125: Sawyer

• 49128: Three Oaks

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