Seattle-based Town & Country Markets has partnered with PacWesty to offer customers an all-electric grocery delivery service. Customers place their orders online and select the home delivery option to receive delivery to their doorstep.
Among the first companies in Washington State to use a fleet of battery-electric delivery vans, Town & Country and PacWesty began their partnership in 2020. PacWesty, known as a local adventure travel company, pivoted during the pandemic to support the growing need of at-home delivery of products and services.
“As we considered entering our communities and neighborhoods, we didn’t want to show up with noise and added pollution,” said Ryan Ritter, senior director of technology and products for Town & Country Markets. “PacWesty provided the perfect zero-emissions vehicle options, enabling us to responsibly deliver groceries to our customers and stay true to our sustainable values.”
The service originated on Bainbridge Island and has been expanded to include Town & Country Markets service areas for its Ballard, Shoreline, Poulsbo and Mill Creek stores. The delivery vans were originally gas powered but were converted by PacWesty to all-electric, embracing the concept of upcycling.
Additionally, the vans with refrigeration are designed to utilize the cooling system for the batteries to also cool the cargo areas, eliminating the need for fuel-driven refrigeration.
Since the start of this service, approximately 150,000 bags of groceries have been delivered. And by utilizing electric vans, approximately 49 metric tons of CO2 emission have been eliminated.
Town & Country Markets intends to use zero-emissions electric vehicles for grocery deliveries for all its stores and is investing in additional EV high-speed charging stations at each store location for its delivery vans and consumers before the end of the year.
“We are thrilled to be working with T&C Markets,” said Greg Dronkert, PacWesty general manager. “They’re a pillar of the community and represent the very best of neighborhood spirit.”
Town & Country Markets recently launched a new website with expanded digital content for an integrated, interactive and enhanced online shopping experience, enabling online ordering with personal shoppers and scheduled delivery.
Founded in 1957 by two brothers, John and Mo Nakata, and good friend Ed Loverich, the local family-owned and run markets offer an eating and shopping experience. Town & Country Markets is committed to living from its core values, which include minimizing its ecological footprint and eradicating systemic and individual bigotry, prejudices and discrimination within the company.
For more information, visit townandcountrymarkets.com.