Store to Stomach: Food Delivery Services Hit Tucson

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Tucson residents can bring a whole new meaning to the phrase "couch potato" by having potatoes delivered right to their door: in original spud form or in frenched form.

Grocery delivery service Instacart launched in Tucson on Aug. 8 and UberEATS, the food delivery branch of the popular ride service, launched in the city on Aug. 9.

Instacart allows customers to explore online "aisles" and fill virtual carts, then set a time (anywhere from an hour to a week in advance) to have the food delivered to their front door. For the initial Tucson launch, Instacart has partnered with with Bashas’, Whole Foods Market, Petco, Natural Grocers, CVS, Fry’s and Costco—without a membership. Partners share inventories with Instacart, which means that what customers see online matches what's available in-store.

Orders must be a minimum of $35 (which isn't hard to do at a grocery store), and there's a flat delivery fee of $5.99. As a promotion to new Tucson customers, Instacart is offering $20 off customers' first order, and free delivery. This means that not only can you can get $50 worth of groceries for $30, but they'll be delivered right to your front door!

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UberEATS delivers food from 80 restaurant partners, including eegees, Baggin's Gourmet Sandwiches and Chickenuevo, to customers' doors. UberEATS General manager and UA alum Clay Carroll said that there are about 1000 total Uber drivers in Tucson, some of whom do rides, some of whom do food delivery, and some who do both, for a large service area.

"All the way from Oro Valley all the way down to South Tucson," he said.

Uber customers must download the UberEATS app separately, but log in using their regular Uber account. First-time customers can use the promo code provided by a friend to get $5 off their first order.

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