US-based ridesharing service provider Uber Technologies and grocery store chain Albertsons Companies have extended their partnership by adding more US stores to Uber Eats.

Uber Eats will offer access to nearly 800 new locations, taking their partnership to more than 2,000 of the grocer’s banner stores, including Albertsons, Safeway, Jewel-Osco, ACME, Tom Thumb and Randalls.

Customers in Connecticut, Indiana, New Hampshire, Utah, Vermont and Rhode Island will be given access to the service for the first time.

They will also be able to order items for delivery in ‘express’ lanes within the convenience section of the app.

In addition, Albertsons will offer pricing and promotions on grocery orders to its members from the end of this year where these are available.

Customers joining the company’s local banner loyalty programme can link their Uber Eats app accounts to Albertsons for U and Safeway for U and earn loyalty points for purchases.

Albertsons digital business development and innovation vice-president Amber Kappa said: “Our growing partnership with Uber Eats brings new convenience to shopping our stores.

“Our goal is to make it easier for people to get their groceries, so they can focus on the goodness of sharing a meal.”

Uber said that the expansion is part of its ongoing commitment to the retail and grocery categories.

Uber grocery head Oskar Hjertonsson said: “Together with Albertsons, we’re evolving the ways we can get groceries—and so much more—to people’s doorsteps across the country.

“Since launching our US grocery category in 2020, we have seen a huge appetite for easy, fast delivery from trusted retailers, and with this expanded partnership, we’re excited to serve more people with even more choice and convenience on Uber Eats.”

Earlier this year, Uber Eats partnered with US-based curated ‘quick commerce’ retailer FastAF Technologies to launch a fast delivery service in select US cities.