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Peapod, LLC is an online grocery delivery service. The company is based in Skokie, Illinois and operates in several U.S. cities. It is owned by Ahold Delhaize and delivers from that companys stores, as well as from its own Chicago-area warehouses. Peapod has operations in 23 U.S. urban markets, and is presently the largest online grocery delivery store in the United States. Peapod was founded in 1989 by Andrew and Thomas Parkinson, both of whom are still executive officers. One early proposal for a name for the new company was IPOD for Information and Product On Demand, The brothers, taking marketing considerations into account, decided on the friendlier sounding "Peapod" instead. Before 1996, Peapod provided an online grocery shopping service in a partnership with Jewel supermarket in Chicago, Illinois and surrounding towns; Kroger in Columbus, Ohio; Randalls in Houston, Texas, and Safeway in San Francisco, California in 1993. In 1996, the company launched its website and became one of the earliest internet start-ups; the company ranked 69th on the Inc. 500 list of fast-growing privately held U.S. companies. That year the company held an IPO on NASDAQ. Between 1997 and 2000, Peapod expanded into Boston and Watertown, Massachusetts, Long Island, New York, and Norwalk, Connecticut in partnership with Stop & Shop. In late 2000, they added Washington, D.C. and surrounding towns through Giant of Landover, and in 2011 they also started serving the Philadelphia market with Giant of Carlisle and Manhattan with Stop & Shop.


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