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Peapod: The Freshest Way to Shop

Peapod Owners

Founded in 1989 by brothers Andrew and Thomas Parkinson, Peapod has grown from a small, family-run shopping and delivery service in Illinois to America's leading Internet grocer, delivering more than 23 million orders across 24 U.S. markets.

Peapod is wholly owned subsidiary of international food provider Royal Ahold, and works in partnership with Ahold USA supermarket companies Stop & Shop, Giant Food Stores (Giant-Carlisle) and Giant Food (Giant-Landover).

Most customers can place orders up to seven days a week for delivery as soon as next-day, or up to two weeks in advance. When they choose a day, they choose a two hour window that is convenient for them.

Our Brands

Peapod's online shelves are stocked with more than 12,000 products in a range of categories: produce; meat and seafood; deli items; prepared foods; natural and organic foods; Kosher foods; office and school supplies; seasonal items; and video products; pet items; health and beauty aids; wine, beer and spirits (in specific markets) and private labels from Stop & Shop and Giant.

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The History of Peapod

  • 1989

    Brothers Andrew and Thomas Parkinson pioneer the online grocery delivery concept in Evanston, IL. Peapod establishes the world's first e-commerce-only company.

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    Peapod provides software and dial-up modems to customers to connect them to the Peapod shopping system. Andrew, Thomas and their families do the product picking, packing and deliveries.

  • 1991

    Peapod expands to Chicago and suburbs.

  • 1996

    The Internet is born in the mid '90s and Peapod launches its Web site: www.peapod.com.

  • 1996

    Peapod now in Boston

    Peapod in Inc. 500 ranking of fastest growing companies
  • 1996

    Inc. magazine names Peapod to the "Inc. 500" ranking of the fastest growing U.S. private companies.

  • 1997

    Peapod completes successful initial public offering, listing its shares on the NASDAQ.

  • 1998

    Peapod expands to Long Island, NY.

    1,000,000 orders
  • 1998

    In July, Peapod delivers its 1 millionth order.

  • 2000

    Peapod enters Washington, D.C.

    Ahold buys Peapod
  • 2001

    Royal Ahold purchases Peapod, establishing the Internet grocer as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the international food retailing and foodservice company.

  • 2001

    Peapod now in Virginia and Maryland.

  • 2001

    Peapod builds a new 75,000 sq. ft., climate-controlled distribution center in Lake Zurich, IL.

  • 2003

    Peapod now in Connecticut.

    5,000,000 orders
  • 2003

    In July, Peapod delivers its 5 millionth order.

  • 2004

    Peapod enters Rhode Island, North Jersey and Baltimore.

  • 2005

    Peapod expands to Milwaukee, WI.

  • 2007

    Peapod delivers its 10 millionth order.

  • 2009

    Peapod Enters New Hampshire and Indiana.

    15,000,000 orders
  • 2009

    Peapod celebrates its 20th anniversary with more than 15 million orders delivered.

  • 2011

    Peapod now in Philadelphia, PA.

  • 2011

    Peapod becomes the first in the U.S. to launch virtual grocery stores.

    Virtual grocery stores
  • 2012

    Peapod rolls out 100+ virtual grocery stores at commuter rail stations in Boston, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Chicago.