The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

October 30, 2011

‘Grocery Butler’ starts business to deliver food

By AMBER POMPA
Herald-Banner Staff

ROCKWALL — Andrew Davis, 24-year old entrepreneur, saw a need in the community and sought to fill it by creating his own business.

His work history is varied, having worked as a candymaker, raising organic chickens, cleaning up construction sites and as a freelance artist. Now he’s focusing all his efforts on his new business, Grocery Butler, which offers grocery delivery and comparative shopping in the Greenville area.

“I came up with the idea for this business about six months ago,” said Davis. “I looked around and saw there were successful businesses of this type in the Dallas area and other larger cities, but there wasn’t anything like that here. We have quite a large elderly population and I thought there was a market for something like this.”

After saving up money for half a year, he started up the business the end of August.

Those who reside within a roughly 30-minute drive of the Interstate 30/Wesley Street intersection can now have their groceries delivered directly to their kitchen counter for $15 or less, plus the cost of the purchase.

“That covers a good area, though I’m willing to go outside the area, but will charge a bit more for delivery,” he said. “I try to find a price that will work for me and for my customers. I don’t want to be a luxury service no one can afford, so I try to keep my cost as low as possible.”

The delivery charge is for groceries costing $150 or less with frequent customer and senior discounts available. For orders over $150, deliveries will have a 10 percent fee tacked onto the bill. There is no minimum order to use Davis’ service and delivery costs are reduced below the $150 mark.

Davis even does comparison shopping for his customers, conducting research to make sure he finds the best deals.

“It’s just as if they were doing the shopping themselves, without them having to leave the house,” he said. “I do research on prices at different area locations and try to give them a rough estimate of what the price will be for their order.”

Davis purchases items from local grocery stores in the following categories: Dairy, meat, beverages, produce, snacks, household or cleaning supplies and dry, canned, frozen, baked or paper goods. At this point he cannot deliver alcoholic beverages, prescription medicines, furniture, electronics, hardware or similar items.

“I’m more than willing to go to the Farmers Market or area organic farms for fresh vegetables and meat,” said Davis. “Basically whatever my customer wants they get, within reason, of course.”



For more information visit Davis’ website at www.grocerybutler.biz.