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Instacart announced Wednesday that it is expanding into the Texarkana area to serve over 18K households beginning January 17.

Texarkana area residents can now order from their favorite local retailers, Albertsons, Brookshire's and CVS Pharmacy, and have their groceries and everyday essentials delivered straight to their doorsteps in as little as one hour.

Service areas include: Texarkana, Ark., Genoa, Homan, Ogden, Ashdown and Wilton on the Arkansas-side of the state line. In September, Instacart previously announced service beginning in Texas, including the areas of Texarkana, Texas, Wake Village, Nash, Red Lick, Leary, Hooks, Redbank, New Boston, Woodstock, Simms, Bassett, Carbondale, Corley, Maud and Redwater.

Instacart also is bringing employment opportunities, recruiting more than 100 new shoppers.

"Over the past year we've seen incredible demand in the Texarkana area," said David Holyoak, general manager at Instacart. "We work with a variety of local retailers to provide the freshest, highest quality groceries to our customers. Launching in Texarkana gives us an opportunity to expand service in Arkansas. We're also excited to build a world class shopper community, where we can offer fun and flexible income earning opportunities for our shoppers, who ultimately deliver this amazing service to the community."

Customers go online to www.Instacart.com or open the Instacart mobile app on their iPhone or Android device, select their city/store, add items to a virtual cart, then choose a delivery window (within one hour, within two hours, or up to five days in advance) and check out. An Instacart shopper accepts the order on his/her smartphone, uses the Instacart shopper app to guide them through shopping, and then delivers the order to the customer in the designated delivery timeframe.

For orders of $35 or more, the delivery fee is just $3.99. Many customers also take the opportunity to save big over time by signing up for Instacart Express membership, which enables unlimited, free same-day delivery on orders of $35 or more. After a free trial period, Instacart Express membership is just $9.99 a month or $99 a year.

First time users can also enter the code HEYTEXARKANA (4/18/2019 expiration) at checkout to get $20 off an order of $35 or more, plus a free first time delivery.

New customers can open an account at www.Instacart.com. For other FAQs, visit https://www.instacart.com/faq.

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