CHICAGO, Wednesday, January 30, 2013. How much is your time worth? Do you love good food but don't have the time to wander the grocery store aisles? Whole Foods Market® in Wheaton is out to help with their new personal shopping service. The new service that launches this Friday, February 1 will provide a convenient and efficient way for customers to get their grocery shopping done.
The store located at 151 Rice Lake Square, is the first of the nine Chicago area Whole Foods Markets to offer this service. The personal shopping service was well received in a soft launch at the Wheaton Whole Foods on January 14 and is a popular service in other parts of the country from Maui to New York City.
Everything in the store, except wine and spirits, can be ordered through the personal shopping service with no minimum or maximum order required. Orders can be picked up curbside or at the Service Desk Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. A 10 percent surcharge will be added to each order with no gratuities accepted.
Carl Gartner, Whole Foods Market Store Team Leader, said the convenience has been needed and Wheaton is uniquely suited for this service. "We are excited to offer our customers this new option, especially as the weather gets colder. Having our team of Personal Shoppers at the ready to shop for you, with the added convenience of curbside pick-up service, we have found another way to offer excellent customer service."
Customers who want to sign up for the program can visit the website or email their list to email@example.com. Although customers can put together a generic type list stating eggs, milk, tea, etc, it is better to be as specific as possible with brand names or add a qualifier, such as “whatever is on sale, free range eggs, organic only” type of statement. Some customers may want to specify Whole Foods 365 Everyday Value Brand to ensure good quality at the best price. Customers can also state any special diet needs. Give the store a minimum of a two hour lead time to put together your order.
The Wheaton Whole Foods selection as the first Chicago area store for this service was a store decision. Anyone interested in their local Whole Foods starting a personal shopping service and/or delivery service should let their local store know of their interest. It looks to be the wave of the future and certainly would be a welcome addition to the Chicago landscape especially on a cold and snowy winter day.