Whole Foods, Amazon Fresh delivery now free in DC area

Amazon Fresh delivery man Tim Wilkie prepares a grocery order for delivery to a residence on Mercer Island, Wash., Thursday, Aug. 23, 2007. Amazon Fresh is a new grocery delivery service being tested by Amazon.com in a handful of Seattle neighborhoods including Mercer Island. Amazon.com has deployed a fleet of 12 grocery delivery trucks. Customers can also pick up fresh grocery orders at a small number of locations in the area. (AP Photo/Joe Nicholson)(ASSOCIATED PRESS/Joe Nicholson)
An Amazon Fresh deliveryman prepares a grocery order for delivery. Fees in the D.C. area are being waived. (AP Photo/Joe Nicholson)

Amazon will deliver groceries to D.C.-area Prime members for free now, and fast.

Amazon’s grocery delivery service from Amazon Fresh and Whole Foods had previously cost $14.99 a month. That monthly fee is now waived for Prime members, and groceries can be delivered in as little as one to two hours.

A Prime membership costs $119 a year.

The change to free delivery is automatic for existing Fresh subscribers. Prime members not currently shopping with grocery delivery must request an invitation to enroll in Whole Foods or Amazon Fresh delivery.

Amazon calls grocery delivery one of its fastest-growing businesses. It is available in more than 2,000 cities and towns.

Shoppers have many choices for grocery delivery in the Washington region.

Giant Food recently rebranded its Peapod delivery service as Giant Delivers, with next-day home delivery, and same-day delivery currently in downtown Washington. Giant charges $99 a year for unlimited deliveries.

Walmart offers unlimited grocery delivery for $98 a year. Target offers free deliveries to customers who enroll in its Shipt service for $99 a year.

Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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