press release

April 16, 2013

Peg Merzbacher
Peapod
617-770-6259
pmerzbac@peapod.com

Caitlin McNamara
Peapod
617-585-5760
cmcnamara@360pr.com

Jamie Miller
Giant Food of Landover, MD
(301) 341-8776
jmiller@giantfood.com

Peapod & Giant Food Launch Peapod Pick-Up Service at Clarksville & Columbia Giant Locations

Services begins April 16, offers another convenient shopping option to fit customers' busy lifestyles

Landover, Md. (April 16, 2013) - Leading internet grocer Peapod today announced in partnership with sister company Giant Food of Landover, Md. the launch of Peapod Pick-Up service at two neighborhood Giant stores in Maryland. Shoppers can now order their groceries online through Peapod.com for easy pick-up at the Clarksville Giant, located at 6050 Daybreak Circle, and the Hickory Ridge Giant Food located at 6480 Freetown Road in Columbia. There service is free, and there is no minimum purchase. Shoppers can choose a convenient one-hour pick-up time between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

Giant and Peapod strongly believe in giving back to the community. To launch Peapod Pick-Up, Peapod will make a $500 donation in food and household items. Representatives from Howard County Food Bank will be among the first pick-up recipients at the Columbia location on April 18.

"Our mission at Peapod is to save our customers time and money - and for many busy families, especially moms, who are always on the go, a quick stop at our pick-up location on the way home is the most convenient option," said Andrew Parkinson, Peapod president. "Peapod Pick-Up is fast and easy. Peapod associates greet you at your car, collect your coupons and load your groceries into your vehicle for you - all within five minutes. There’s no need for you to even get out of your car," said Parkinson.

Peapod shoppers can create personal lists, read nutrition information online, sort products rapidly by price or by nutrition criteria and take advantage of thousands of weekly specials. Giant customers can even shop from a list of items they have bought at their local store simply by entering their Giant card number online. They can also earn Giant Gas Rewards on their Peapod Pick-Up orders.

"Giant was one of the first supermarket chains in the nation to offer grocery delivery in 2000 through our sister company, Peapod," said Anthony Hucker, president, Giant Landover of Landover, Md. "Peapod Pick-up is a great complement to the delivery service and allows us to leverage our convenient store locations to provide another online shopping option for our customers. This is just another way Giant is living up to our promise to be a better place to shop, and we look forward to expanding to additional locations in the coming year."

For more details about Peapod Pick-Up at new Clarksville and Columbia locations, please visit www.peapod.com. For more information about Giant, visit www.giantfood.com.

About Peapod

Founded in 1989 as a smart shopping option for busy people, Peapod today stands as the country's leading Internet grocer, serving 24 U.S. markets in communities in the states of Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. An Ahold USA company, Peapod has made over 22 million deliveries since its late 1980s inception. For more information on Peapod, call 1.800.5.PEAPOD (573.2763); e-mail service@peapod.com or visit www.peapod.com.

About Giant Food of Landover, Md.

Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 170 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 170 stores are 155 full-service pharmacies. Giant opened the first supermarket in the nation's capital on February 6, 1936. For more information on Giant, visit www.GiantFood.com.