Michigan grocery retailer Meijer Inc. is extending its home delivery service to customers in Chicago and Rockford, Illinois.

Grand Rapids-based Meijer and its delivery partner, Shipt, are set to begin deliveries in the two cities on July 13, according to a news release. Nearly 2.5 million households are expected to have access to the service.

Meijer, which operates more than 230 grocery stores and supercenters in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin, has made more than 250,000 deliveries this year via Shipt.

Meijer and Shipt launched the service in Detroit in September. Delivery is now available in all states Meijer serves except Kentucky.

Using the Shipt smartphone app or their computers or tablets, consumers are able to choose from more than 55,000 items and choose a one-hour delivery window. For new Chicago and Rockford customers, Shipt is offering $25 off their first order. Annual Shipt memberships cost $99, and deliveries over $35 are free.

“Our goal is to provide  store-to-door convenience to as many of our customers as possible,” says Art Sebastian, Meijer’s vice president of digital shopping. "We believe that the personalized service that Shipt offers, coupled with the freshness and wide selection our customers love about Meijer, is the perfect meld of online shopping and our brick and mortar locations.”