Updated Saturday, Aug. 8
A mobile phone application enabling shoppers to pre-order from nearby stores and pick up items is soon to be available at the Target in College Point.
Curbside, an iPhone and Android application that launched in San Francisco in 2014, allows consumers to create a shopping list of products available in partnering stores and pay for them electronically before arriving. The goods will be available for either in-store or curbside pickup depending on the location.
The free app will be available on Aug. 11 and does not charge any additional fees for the service or mark up prices for products sold. Curbside currently has a promotional deal in place that allows users to share a code with friends so both parties can save $10 off a $20 purchase.
Curbside founder Jaron Waldman is a former Apple executive who has previous experience with startup ventures. He sold his last company, an online mapping service dubbed Placebase, to the tech mega-giant in 2009.
While Curbside will so far only expand to the one Queens location at 135-05 20th Ave., the service will also be available at other Target stores in the city at Gateway Center Shopping Mall in Brooklyn’s East New York and in the Throggs Neck area of the Bronx. The startup is looking to expand its reach in the New York and New Jersey area and announced $25 million in new funding in June to fuel its growth.