Jewel-Osco announced today that it will be the first major retailer in Chicagoland to offer customers Priceline WebHouse Club’s Name-Your-Own-Price(SM) grocery service beginning June 22nd. The service will be available starting June 22nd at 191 midwest Jewel-Osco stores, 171 located in Chicagoland.

“Jewel-Osco is excited to offer customers the opportunity to save up to half-off their groceries by using the power of the Internet,” said Pete Van Helden, president of Jewel-Osco. “We hope many people take advantage of this opportunity to ‘log on’ and save.”

Shoppers can now visit the priceline.com Web site on their computer and select from 1000 national brand choices in 240 product categories. “Using Priceline makes it simple to click and save up while shopping at Jewel-Osco”, Van Helden added. A limited quantity of Priceline WebHouse Club Cards will be sent to each store to help customers get started, or customers can order a card from the priceline.com web site.

From home, shoppers can:

  1. Go to priceline.com, click on groceries and name your own price for the items you want to buy. You choose the quantity and brands.
  2. The first time you shop only, you’ll be asked to activate your free Priceline WebHouse Club Card and enter your credit card number.
  3. In about 60 seconds, you’ll know if your prices were accepted, and your credit card will be charged. Then, just print out your prepaid grocery list and go to your local Jewel-Osco store to select your groceries.

At the store, customers can:

  1. Bring your activated Priceline WebHouse Club card and your prepaid grocery list with you to the store to get your prepaid groceries.
  2. Separate your prepaid Priceline WebHouse Club groceries from all other items at the register, and have them scanned separately.
  3. Use your Priceline WebHouse Club card at the checkout to pay for your groceries.

Jewel-Osco is a Midwest retailer operating both combination food and drug stores and freestanding drug stores. Of the retailer’s 275 locations, 191 are combination Jewel-Osco stores and 84 are freestanding Osco Drug stores. Jewel-Osco is the Midwest Region of Albertson’s, Inc. which is headquartered in Boise, Idaho. Albertson’s is one of the largest food-drug chains in the United States and currently operates over 2,500 stores in 37 states.