The Whole Foods Market at 1050 Miamisburg Centerville Road will offer grocery pickup. LISA POWELL/STAFF

Dayton-area Whole Foods Market first in Ohio to offer grocery pickup

Dayton-area Whole Foods Market customers can now pick up their online grocery orders at the Washington Twp. store’s curb.

Amazon announced today that it will expand grocery curbside pickup to three new U.S. locations, including Dayton. The Whole Foods store at 1050 Miamisburg Centerville Road in Washington Twp. also started offering delivery at the end of August.

The grocery pickup service is one of Amazon’s newest services, first launching in August. It’s now available in eight cities, including Dayton. Amazon plans to continue the expansion.

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Customers can place an order through the Prime Now app. The pickup is free in as little as an hour on orders of $35 or more and $4.99 in less than half an hour.

The service includes thousands of fresh and organic items, as well as some alcohol, and is available from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

“For our customers in Dayton, Louisville and Omaha, we’re thrilled to also offer the option of grocery pickup. It’s just another way we’re making it even easier for more customers to enjoy Whole Foods Market’s healthy and organic food,” said Christina Minardi, Whole Foods Market executive vice president of operations.

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Prime members receive deep discounts on select products and an additional 10 percent off hundreds of sale items. They also receive 5 percent cash-back on Amazon purchases when using the Amazon Prime Rewards credit card.

Dayton is the first Ohio city to offer Whole Foods pickup. It is also available in Ft. Worth, Kennesaw, Richmond, Sacramento, Virginia Beach, Louisville and Omaha. Customers of Whole Foods Market must be Prime members to receive pickup or delivery.

An Amazon spokesperson couldn’t give specifics as to why Dayton was in the first eight cities to receive the service, but said they “evaluate a variety of things when considering where to launch and expand.”

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