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Grocery delivery service Shipt expands in Lowcountry

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Two months after a grocery delivery service launched in Charleston, the company has expanded its offerings to meet customer demand.

Shipt hires people to do clients’ grocery shopping and then deliver those groceries to their homes. Customers order and pay for groceries through the service’s app. They pay a monthly or annual subscription fee for the service.

Shipt employees do the grocery shopping for customers and deliver the goods to the customers. (Photo/Provided)Employees operate similarly to Uber or Lyft workers; they work as contract workers and accept as much or as little work as they desire.

Shipt launched in Charleston in late February with a delivery service from Whole Foods Market. The company expanded in Charleston this month, with additional delivery service from Publix stores, as well as a larger delivery area.

“We were pleased to add a second grocery option to the platform because of demand and requests from our members,” spokeswoman Julie Coop said in an email.

Shipt currently delivers to Charleston, North Charleston, Johns Island, Folly Beach, the Isle of Palms, Mount Pleasant, West Ashley and Summerville. The service is also offered in Greenville and Columbia.

The Birmingham, Ala.-based service is now operating in 38 cities in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

The annual membership costs $99 and includes unlimited deliveries on all orders over $35. Customers can opt to tip shoppers on delivery.

The company declined to share how many deliveries have taken place in the Lowcountry since February. Some grocery stores in Charleston also offer shopping services for customers.

Reach Liz Segrist at 843-849-3119.

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