MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Customers of two Rochester grocery stores should be able to use the Internet to bid for their groceries.
Nash Finch Co., a Minneapolis-based food retailer, announced it has signed a deal to allow shoppers to try to name their own price for their groceries on the Internet service Priceline.com, best known for its travel deals.
Two Econofoods stores in Rochester will be the first in the state to offer the service, which is already available at 5,000 grocery stores, primarily on the East Coast.
Jim Dorcy, a spokesman for Nash Finch, said other company stores in the region will add the service later this year, he said.
To use the service, shoppers log onto the Priceline site, http://www.priceline.com, select from a list of 240 products and name what they are willing to pay for each item. Priceline pledges savings of as much as 50 percent off average store prices and says users will find out if their prices have been accepted within 60 seconds.
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