Grocery Delivery Services
Calgary has certainly upped its food delivery game in the last few years, which makes cooking for the week just a little bit easier. In addition to restaurant delivery services such as DoorDash, Skip the Dishes, and Uber Eats, there are many grocery store delivery services that help you keep your pantry stocked by delivering brand name goods, local and organic produce and meat, and vegan products right to your door.
Bessie Box works with Alberta farmers and BC fishermen to deliver boxes of beef, chicken, and seafood (or a combination of the three) for free to Calgary, Cochrane, Airdrie, Chestermere, and Okotoks. You can subscribe or do a one-time order. Right now they are adding in an extra pound of ground beef and off-cuts for free with every order and is encouraging customers to share it with others who need it. Those in self-isolation can request no-contact delivery.
Bite Grocer & Eatery
Bite Grocer & Eatery is working on getting an online delivery system going, but until then you can email to place your order for free delivery if you live in Ramsay or Inglewood. You can also do curbside pickup (1023 9 Avenue SE) if you live outside those neighbourhoods.
Costco members can take advantage of the store’s two-day delivery service, which is available on weekdays for household items, non-perishable food, and specifically marked products. And if you spend $75 or more, there’s no delivery fee.
Cultivatr is an online, local, farm-fresh, delivery service that has responded to the increased demand and is now offering delivery Thursday through Sunday (formerly just Thursday and Friday). Delivery is free on orders more than $40. Place your order by 10:30am on Tuesday for Saturday or Sunday delivery, and by 10:00am on Saturday for delivery on Thursday or Friday.
The Grocery Link
The Grocery Link is a local grocery delivery service which lets you place an order at one of eight grocery stores (including Superstore, Save-On-Foods and M&M Food Market), then delivers it within a two-hour span on weekdays. The base rate for regular delivery service is $19.99, plus there are discounted programs for seniors and those with limited access.
With Inabuggy, you can order from multiple big-name stores, which currently includes Walmart, Costco, PetSmart, Rexall Pharma Plus, Safeway, and M&M Food Market. The delivery fee is $19.98 and there’s an additional fee of $9.99 per store if there are multiple stops. The biggest bonus is you can order in as little as an hour in advance (or up to three days).
Instacart offers delivery from a wide range of stores, including BulkBarn, Staples, Walmart, Real Canadian Superstore, and more. Plan ahead by placing an order in advance (maximum six days) or get a last-minute delivery within two hours. The service uses your delivery time and order size to determine the delivery fee.
ParcelPal is a Canadian-based app which abides by its motto: anything you want, delivered. Along with restaurant and alcohol delivery, you can order groceries from Sunterra Market and five downtown Corner Store locations (the last time we checked, they had wipes!). Delivery fee is $9.99.
Prairie Farms is a family-operated market in Willow Park Village delivering fresh produce from local Alberta farmers to you. Delivery is $5 and there’s a minimum $50 purchase. This spot is particularly good if you’re struggling to find meat in big-box grocery stores. Check their Facebook page to see what they have in stock.
The Organic Box
The Organic Box, which delivers to Calgary, Bow Valley, Central Alberta, and Edmonton on select days, focuses on locally-sourced and / or organic food. Choose from curated, customizable boxes that can be scheduled weekly or bi-weekly, or build your own box with items ranging from soap to produce to baked goods. Calgary orders are delivered on Tuesdays.
Order from Save-On-Foods at least a day in advance or up to 30 days before delivery. Delivery fees are based on your chosen time slot but range between $7 to $10. Through your account, you can create and save shopping lists and add notes to specific items such as specifying a ripe avocado or green banana.
Spud members get boxes of local, organic produce once a week on a designated delivery day based on neighbourhood. If you fulfill the minimum order, your groceries will be delivered for free. Choose what goes in the box or go with the Weekly Staples Box, which features $70 worth of products for just $40, with vegan and gluten-free options.
Sunterra Market delivers groceries for $8 with a minimum order of $50. In addition to everyday groceries, you can also have Sunterra’s daily features delivered as well as its Friday Night Feast, a three-course meal for just $18.99. Voila, dinner is served!
T & T Supermarket
T & T Supermarket, which has two locations in Calgary, is one of the latest major grocery store chains to offer home delivery. Shoppers can place orders for Asian snacks, groceries, household items, and beauty / health products. Orders will arrive within three to seven days through Canada Post.
If you’re looking for authentic Latin foods such as tortillas, salsas or dried chiles, you can order groceries online from UniMarket. Receive same-day delivery on orders placed before noon and delivery is free if your order is more than $60. Curbside pickup is also available at both its north and south locations, Friday through Sunday for prepared to-go meals such as burritos, empanadas, and roasted chickens. You will need to call 403-984-3374 (2405 Edmonton Trail NE) or 403-255-4479 (128, 50 Avenue SE) for pickup.
From Avenue Magazine