Most of Ahold's Albert Heijn stores to have pickup points by summer

Major expansion of service expected between mid-May, mid-July

UTRECHT, Netherlands — Nearly all of Royal Ahold's Albert Heijn stores in the Netherlands will have pick-up points for the company's online grocery service by this summer, the company said Monday.

Ahold said it would mostly finish rolling out the service at Albert Heijn stores by mid-July, with a dramatic increase scheduled to take place between the middle of this month and then. Ahold also owns the Peapod online grocery service in the United States and has been steadily adding pickup points at its brick-and-mortar stores; the company operates the Stop & Shop, Giant-Landover and Giant-Carlisle chains in the Northeast and Virginia.

Peapod itself serves 24 markets, including in those served by Ahold's brick-and-mortar stores and in Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana. In addition to online ordering, the company operates several "virtual grocery stores" at subway and commuter rail stations in Chicago and many East Coast cities.

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