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Tacoma, Olympia, other area metros gain Google Express and its two-day store delivery

An office building inside the Googleplex headquarters in Mountain View, California. Google announced its plans to expand its Express shopping service into Washington state, including cities in Pierce and Thurston counties.
An office building inside the Googleplex headquarters in Mountain View, California. Google announced its plans to expand its Express shopping service into Washington state, including cities in Pierce and Thurston counties. Bloomberg file, 2016

Google Express is expanding to all of Washington state, including communities in the South Sound.

Starting today (Oct. 25), the company plans to offer two-day delivery from a variety of stores for a $95 yearly membership fee or as low as $4.99 per order.

South Sound communities include Tacoma, Olympia, Puyallup, Auburn, Federal Way and Lakewood.

Customers can buy products on Google Express from dozens of stores, including Costco, Walgreens, Whole Foods Market, PetSmart, Target and Kohl’s. The service does not deliver perishables, such as fruit and vegetables.

The service competes with Amazon Prime, a $99 per year service that offers two-day shipping on many items at Amazon.com.

Other states included in the Google Express expansion are Oregon, Idaho, Florida, Georgia, Utah and the Carolinas.

The service started in 2013 in San Francisco and the Silicon Valley, offering same-day delivery in some areas there.

Check the website to see if Google Express delivers to your ZIP code: google.com/express.

Kate Martin: 253-597-8542, @KateReports

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