“If you’re not keeping it fresh, you become a little irrelevant,” Cygan said. “What we’re seeing is people want both.”
A Walmart spokesman declined to comment Tuesday on when its delivery service was coming to Chicago, though the company has been expanding its pickup service here in recent years.
Jewel is remodeling stores this year in locations including Tinley Park, Woodstock, Oak Forest, Elgin, Palos Heights and Woodridge, Cygan said. Next year, the chain will open new stores in Woodlawn and Huntley. Jewel also has been busy growing its in-house delivery service, though customers still have the Instacart option as well.
Mariano’s spokeswoman Amanda Puck declined to comment Tuesday, but executives have said in past interviews that the company is planning remodelings this year in Edgewater and Gurnee, among other locations. Mariano’s also is planning to open a Crystal Lake store this year with a fuel station — a new Mariano’s offering in some suburban locations where there’s enough land.
Though delivery is offered in some city locations, Mariano’s has largely focused on its ClickList pickup service. Last year, Kroger expanded ClickList to more than 1,000 locations, the company said last month.
Aldi, too, has been busy. The discounter recently announced a new delivery partnership with Instacart in the Chicago area. And this year, Aldi plans to open nine new stores and remodel about 40 stores in the Chicago area, part of a larger national plan to improve more than 1,300 stores by 2020.
With lighter, more modern stores with more natural and organic offerings, Aldi’s business has continued to grow in recent years. The partnership with Instacart sends a clear message that store renovations are not enough in the rapidly changing industry.
By 2022, U.S. consumers could spend $100 billion a year in online grocery sales, the equivalent of every U.S. household spending $850 a year for groceries online, according to a collaborative study between the Food Marketing Institute and Nielsen released earlier this year.