Increase in demand prompts grocery delivery service to serve an additional 485K homes in Seattle market

Whatever the reason, sometimes you just can’t make it to the grocery store — the baby just went down for a nap, a meeting ran late, or maybe you’re just not up for dealing with the crowds at the checkout line.

Screenshot courtesy of Instacart.

Founded in San Francisco in 2012, web- and mobile-based Instacart is working to address this conundrum by providing a platform for shoppers to handpick retail items from their favorite stores and have those items delivered directly to their doorsteps.

Instacart now is available in more than 80 markets including Seattle metro, which came online in May 2014 and has been so successful that starting today, Instacart will expand its coverage to include nearly 500,000 additional homes in the area and on the Eastside, including Sammamish, Newcastle, Issaquah, and Renton, which were initially delivery dead zones.

Residents in these areas will be able to shop from stores like Costco, PCC Natural Markets, Whole Foods Market, Safeway, Fred Meyer, Quality Food Center, Petco, and Cash & Carry and have their groceries delivered straight to their doorsteps in as little as one hour.

First time users in these areas can enter the promotion code HISEATTLE25 (which expires​ ​Nov. 8) at checkout to get $25 off an order of $35 or more, plus a free first time delivery. Additionally, Instacart is offering new customers a free one-year subscription of Instacart Express membership (offer expires Aug. 2), which includes free grocery delivery for orders over $35.

For more information, visit Instacart online and see a full list of the expanded delivery area below.

King and Pierce counties delivery area includes: ​Issaquah, Renton, East Renton Highlands, Preston, Mirrormont, Upper Preston, High Point, Hobart, High Valley, Sammamish, Newcastle, Coalfield, Edmonds, Woodway, Esperance, Picnic Point-North Lynnwood, Martha Lake, Paine Field-Lake Stickney, Tukwila, SeaTac, Orillia, Kent, East Hill-Meridian, Lakeland North, Auburn, Cascade-Fairwood, Des Moines, Tukwila, Burien, White Center, Bryn Mawr-Skyway, Normandy Park, Frederickson, Summit, Brookdale, Allison, Lake Morton-Berrydale, Newaukum, Green River, Bonney Lake, Prairie Ridge, Lake Tapps, Tacoma, Dash Point, Fife Heights, Waller, Puyallup, South Hill, McMillin, Federal Way, Lakeland South, Pacific, Lakeland North, Algona, Milton, Edgewood, North Puyallup, Alderton, South Hill, Sumner,Summit, Fife, Spanaway, Frederickson, Parkland, Midland, Ruston, Lakewood, Camp Murray, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, University Place, Steilacoom, Eastward, Ketron.