Fressing With Fishman: Groceries Delivered

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ryan-bylineI’ll be blunt — I hate shopping for groceries. Just ask my wife; she’ll tell anyone who will listen that I shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near a grocery store. I wander off. I forget what I’m doing there. I don’t know why, but I’m entranced by every gimmick. The lines drive me crazy and, for some reason, I can never remember the right phone number at the register for their customer loyalty programs.

Enter Meijer home-delivery. Last Thursday, the store launched the program, partnering with Shipt to offer online ordering on your computer, phone or tablet. Some 55,000 grocery items are available for delivery from 25 stores across Southeastern Michigan.

An annual membership is just $99. If you opt to pay monthly, the cost is $14, and you can cancel at any time. With membership, there’s no delivery fee for any order over $35. If your total order is less than $35, there’s a $7 charge. Groceries are delivered the same day and, if possible, in as little as an hour with the help of some 300 employees hired by Shipt to shop for you.

It might seem to some like an unnecessary expense, but if you order weekly over the course of a year, you’ll be paying less than $2 per trip. Factor in the cost of gas and the value of your time, and it certainly seems like you’ll come out ahead financially. Plus, they’re offering $25 off your first order as part of a special launch promotion.

meijer-phoneMeijer has been working hard to improve its customers’ experience, expanding curbside grocery pickup to 17 stores by the end of the year.

As long as you’re getting all of those groceries delivered, you’ll certainly need somewhere to put them. And if you’re the kind of person that needs hundreds of storage options to choose from, then you’re in luck. A second Michigan location for the Container Store opened over the weekend at Troy Commons (805 E. Big Beaver Road). But it’s not just Tupperware — the store features almost any home, office or car storage solution you might imagine. To celebrate its opening, the store donated 10 percent of the weekend’s proceeds to Humble Design, which helps families transitioning out of homeless shelters.

 

Finally, Chick-fil-A

Fast food lovers don’t have to wait much longer for Michigan’s first Chick-fil-A — the popular Atlanta-based chain is opening at Troy’s Somerset Collection (2800 W. Big Beaver) on Oct. 13. A second, chick-fil-a-cerdit-facebookfreestanding location will also open the same day in Lansing. There’s a “First 100” party planned for the openings — the first 100 customers who step up to place their order will win a year’s worth of free chicken sandwiches and waffle fries. Another 15-20 store openings are planned across the state in the next five years.

 

Market Basket Saga Resolved

As discussed last week, it seems the Market Basket’s longstanding tenure in Franklin is coming to an end sometime before the end of the year, with the store’s owner now announcing plans for a new business venture. Chef Carl Hakim is also raising funds to open a boutique cafe. The building’s owners, in response to community outreach, are working to find another market/grocery tenant for the space.

 

Save The Date

Mark your calendar for ROCO Real Estate’s Fourth Annual Fundraiser on Oct. 13 at the Cranbrook Institute of Science (39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills). The event will support Horizons-Upward Bound, a Cranbrook Educational Community program that helps prepare students with limited opportunities from Metro Detroit to enter and succeed in post-secondary education. Tickets are tax-deductible. For more information, email ddebose@cranbrook.edu or call (248) 645-3137.

 

Mazel Tovs

Happy birthday to Ilene Abrin, Barry Brickner, Amy Douville, Howard Hertz, Mark Keller, Mark Kudisch, Robin Nadler, Perry Ohren, Michelle Rubin, Jeremy Sasson, Kari Silver, Lauren Singer and Josh Zimberg.

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