If you find that your Target runs take too long, tapping into Target curbside pickup (which it calls Drive Up) can save a lot of time. And just think of the money you will save as well from refraining from buying additional items in the store while you’re there.
Target Drive Up isn’t just for perishable groceries — it applies to many nonperishable items, too. As long as the items are available in the store you’re purchasing them from, you’ll be able to do curbside pickup. Target has recently added more than 18,000 drive-up parking spots. In addition, the retailer has tripled the number of store fulfillment roles to better support customers. All new store team members are being backup trained in same-day fulfillment.
Since this contactless service is free and a minimum order isn’t required, we think this is a total no-brainer: Target Drive Up may be just the solution you’re looking for both now and well beyond holiday merriment to expedite your errands.
Target curbside pickup is available via the app to get your items at nearly every Target store nationwide.
Target Curbside Pickup for the Holidays
If you’re shopping at the last minute and missed this year’s holiday shipping deadlines, Target curbside pickup and in-store pickup have you covered. For 2022, you can place your order pickup or Target Drive Up order up until 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) and retrieve it before the store closes.
Target Curbside Starbucks
New for 2022: As of Nov. 2022, you can now add a Starbucks order to your pickup order at Target. The service has rolled out at 240 stores so far. To add your favorite Starbucks drink to your Target pickup order, place your Target Drive Up order as normal. When you you indicate (via the Target app) that you’re on the way, you’ll receive a prompt to add a Starbucks order. Make your drink selection, hit “add for Drive Up,” and your drink will be ready when you arrive. Learn more.
How Target Curbside Pickup Works
Follow these steps to place an order for Target curbside pickup:
1. To tap into Target Drive Up, you’ll need to download the Target app if it’s not already on your phone. (It’s available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store). You’ll use the app to order eligible items like groceries, pantry items, school supplies, gifts and more.
2. Please note, however, some items won’t be available if they’re in limited supply or if the store doesn’t have them in stock. Also, if items contain hazardous materials, they may be ineligible for Target Pickup.
3. As you’re ordering Target curbside pickup, select “pick it up,” then “Drive Up.” Check out via the Target app and then pay for your order. Your method of payment will be charged at the point your order is referenced “ready for pickup.”
4. You’ll be alerted as to when your items will be available to retrieve which is usually within two hours of placing the order. An email and a push notification in the app will send you an official confirmation with an estimate of when it’ll be ready to be picked up. The beauty of this is you’re not assigned a specific time to pick it up nor do you have to indicate when you’ll stop by the store. You won’t need to schedule a specific arrival time — whether you stop by during your lunch hour from work or pop in after picking up your kids from school, it’s all good as long as it’s within three days of receiving the notification.
5. In the app, simply select “I’m on my way” and proceed to a parking spot in the clearly marked Drive Up spots at Target.
If there aren’t any perishable items in your order, you’ll have within three days to pick it up. If you ordered perishable food on Target grocery pickup, the timeframe for pickup is by the end of the following day. If you’re unable to pick it up, Target will cancel the order and process a refund.) Target curbside pickup hours are during normal store hours, so your time window to pick up your order is essentially whenever their doors are open — usually that’s 7 a.m. until 10 p.m., but may vary.
6. Upon arrival in the designed spot, a Target employee will bring your order to your vehicle. You can confirm the order by showing the barcode in the app. Or you can present one of the following forms of valid ID that has not expired: government-issued photo ID, state-issued driver’s license, state-issued ID card, U.S. passport, military ID, certificate of citizenship, certificate of naturalization, permanent resident, green card or a Native American travel photo ID.
Ideally, a worker will immediately bring your Target pickup order out, but there may be some delays, so plan accordingly.
For instance, driving up to the designated spot on a Tuesday evening would probably equate to significantly less waiting time compared to a busy Saturday morning.
Target Curbside Pickup Hours
Target Drive Up hours are the same as the store hours (8 a.m. to 10 p.m. for many locations). The store must be open for you to be able to pick up your order curbside. That doesn’t mean you’ll get to pick up your Drive Up order if you place it online at 9:59 p.m., however. It generally takes Target about two hours (up to six hours) to fulfill your order.
Not sure if it’s too late for you to order Target Drive Up? Check out the timing in your cart before you place your order. And make sure you’ve enabled push notifications via your Target app, so you’ll receive an alert when your order is ready.
Is There a Minimum Order for Target Curbside Pickup?
No. In fact, you may get into the habit of enjoying this free service and making it part of your shopping routine, especially when you have to pick up one or two last-minute ingredients or items. Rather than going into the store, adding items to your shopping basket or cart and waiting in line, your efficient app-based order may be a total boon to your shopping experience.
How to Modify or Cancel a Target Drive Up Order After You’ve Placed It
You know the feeling after you’ve checked out and gotten your order confirmation only to realize you forgot to order an item? You can easily order more items after your order has been placed in the app, to pick up everything all at once. It may be best to simply create a separate order and then pick up both orders at the same time after you receive the notification that they’re ready.
However, if you no longer need the items, you can attempt to cancel the order or cancel an item and place another order. Target grocery pickup and Target in-store pickup can be canceled on the app by selecting purchases in the account/name tab. Other options include canceling at Guest Services in your pickup store or by not picking up the order within the pickup window.
Another option is switching the Drive Up order to Order Pickup which means you’ll go into the store to get your items at Guest Services.
Also, the store may cancel items on your Target Pickup order in case they are out of stock or items are unavailable during Target curbside pickup hours. Items may also be canceled if there are payment issues or if the hold window is expiring. You’ll receive an email from Target indicating this notification.
Your item may have been canceled due to payment issues like an expired credit card or perhaps the hold window is expiring. Target will send you an email to let you know as soon as possible. If it’s not available at that store, you may purchase it if it’s in stock at another store with the option to get free shipping on eligible items.
How to Return Items Using Target Curbside Pickup
Returning items you picked up curbside is straightforward, too. As soon as the receipt is available, you will be able to return items from your order to Gift Services in any Target store. By either printing a receipt or accessing it on your mobile device, you can show it to Guest Services and then present your debit or credit card you used for the purchase to get the refund.
Another option is to select “return items by mail” in the order details. This applies to some items, so look for that option when you select “return an item.”
How to Save Money With Target Curbside Pickup
Eligible discounts or promotions will still apply when you check out on the app. Target Circle offers may also be redeemed on orders placed using Drive Up or Order Pickup.
And, of course, you’ll still earn 1% back on all your Target curbside pickup purchases if you’re a Target Circle member. Target Circle members also get special offers, usually a percent-off discount when buying certain items. You’ll see these offers as you shop. Save the offer you want, and then apply it to your order when you check out.
Can Someone Else Pick up Your Target Curbside Pickup Order?
If you’re unable to pick up the order you placed, no worries there. When you’re adding items to your cart and placing the order and checking out within the app, select “edit” next to the pickup person.
You’ll be taken to another screen where you can manually enter the pickup person during Target curbside pickup hours or select from your saved list of shopping partners. Select the check box next to the shopping partner who will pick up your order and hit save to continue.
After you check out, your shopping partner will receive a notification indicating there’s an order they will pick up for you. An email will be sent to your shopping partner when the order is ready as well as when they open the Target app. Upon pickup, your shopping buddy should show a valid photo ID.
Once you’ve added the shopping partner to that order, you won’t be able to remove them after the order has been placed.
Can You Use Coupons With Target Curbside Pickup?
Yes, but not all of them. Manufacturer coupons and paper coupons that aren’t added to your order before you place it can’t be used. But any online Target coupons, Target promo codes and (our favorite) Target Circle offers can (and should!) be applied to your Target Drive Up order.
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