October 27, 2013 Edition

Galloping Grocer makes housecalls

New Lapeer start-up hopes to carve niche with service
BY KRYSTAL JOHNS 810-452-2601 • kjohns@mihomepaper.com


Kaitlin Faulkner and Zach Wheatley pack an order box at the Galloping Grocer in downtown Lapeer. Customers visit the company’s website, grocery shop, place their order and then they can either pick it up for no additional charge, or have it delivered to their home for a $5 fee. 
Photo by Krystal Johns Kaitlin Faulkner and Zach Wheatley pack an order box at the Galloping Grocer in downtown Lapeer. Customers visit the company’s website, grocery shop, place their order and then they can either pick it up for no additional charge, or have it delivered to their home for a $5 fee. Photo by Krystal Johns LAPEER — Perhaps you’re not feeling well, or you don’t want to drag the kids to the store, or you just don’t have the time. Regardless of the reason, if you don’t want to go grocery shopping, there is a new service that will do it for you.

Galloping Grocer opened its virtual doors on Monday, and for the time being, they’re working out of the back of what will soon be the Star-Spangled Edibles store at 115 W. Nepessing Street in downtown Lapeer.

Customers go to the website, www.gallopinggrocer.com, choose the items they want and pay using a credit card (Drivers will not be carrying cash). An e-mail confirmation will be sent, and the next day, an e-mail with the approximate delivery time will be sent. Delivery fee is $5 when $25 or more worth of groceries are ordered.

The company serves within about 30 miles of Lapeer, from Caro to Auburn Hills and from Capac to Swartz Creek.

Galloping Grocer doesn’t simply go to the grocery store and shop for you. Rather, they are partnered with different vendors and distributors that provide the goods people can order.

The idea for the company was that of Todd Faulkner, senior partner and founder of the Meg’s Heart corporation, and he said he’s excited about some of the vendors they have on board.

“We try to do as many products as we can, as local as we can,” he said.

Among them are CRoy’s fresh meats out of Yale and Guernsey Dairy of Northville.

“We’re trying to use as many local companies as possible,” Faulkner said. “I think it’s important to keep as much of our money here as possible.”

The website has a variety of items, and more are being added daily.

“We want to take the ‘hate’ out of grocery shopping,” Faulkner said.

2013-10-27 / Marketplace

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