Costco announces plans for grocery home delivery, Canada

A Costco Wholesale retail club is photographed in Austin, Texas, U.S. on December 12, 2016. Picture taken December 12, 2016. REUTERS/Mohammad Khursheed

A few months after rolling out grocery delivery in the U.S., Canada’s largest warehouse retailer is looking at offering the same in Canada

The retailer has announced plans to begin online grocery delivery to homes in Canada after a successful launch in the U.S. last year.

The company also recently expanded a fresh grocery delivery partnership with the web service Instacart, which teamed with Loblaw in Canada to begin deliveries in Toronto and Vancouver late last year.

The announcement comes at a time when grocers all over North America face increasing competition from online retailers like Amazon, which last year bought supermarket chain Whole Foods in a multi-billion dollar acquisition. Walmart also announced this week it would expand its online grocery delivery offering to more than 100 cities in the U.S.

Though Costco Canada does not have a specific date or timeline for a possible Canadian rollout, spokesperson Ron Damiani told the Financial Post it’s looking at sites to fulfill online orders.