Man starts grocery delivery business

news_business_greenBy Dennis Seid

Daily Journal

TUPELO – Robert Mann thinks he’s hit on a great idea – offering grocery delivery to customers in Tupelo.

Mann has started Tupelo Grocery Delivery, and will offer the service from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day of the week.

For a fee, he’ll fulfill any grocery order, small or large, at any grocery store in Tupelo, and deliver it.

The fee is a percentage up to $100; purchases more than $100 are charged a flat rate of $22.50.

For now, he’ll accept only cash or checks, but plans to add a credit card option later as the business grows.

His target audience includes busy families, the elderly, parents taking care of sick kids, people who don’t want to go shopping, folks who may have forgotten something – essentially anyone who prefers someone else to do the shopping for them and to deliver it.

“You can call even if it’s just a couple of items. … I can deliver it that day or the next day, whatever works for you,” Mann said.

While he’s still working out the details and logistics of the business, Mann said the service will be limited to Tupelo for now. If it grows, he can expand his delivery area.

In addition, he’s considering making treks to Memphis to Whole Foods Market and/or The Fresh Market if there’s interest in that.

“But that’ll be down the road – I want to establish this idea first and see how it goes,” he said.

Mann can be reached at (662) 397-3818 or at tupelogrocerydelivery@gmail.com.

dennis.seid@journalinc.com