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March 1, 2014

Delivery businesses see busier winter because of weather

City ready for another weekend weather punch

DANVILLE — With the city gearing up for another snowy weekend, businesses that deliver groceries and medicine have seen a busier than usual winter.

Price Less Foods, 501 W. Fairchild St., has home delivery service for groceries on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

“We do have regulars,” said employee Jenni Dillon. “Some call every week or every other.”

Dillon said they’ve “picked up a few more” home delivery customers this winter with the heavier than usual snow events.

“One guy called and said he couldn’t walk to the store,” she said.

She said she’s worked at Price Less for seven years and the home deliveries have occurred for at least that long. Customers can call 442-3799 to place their grocery list order. There is an $8 service charge on top of the cost of the groceries. The list can include as little or as many items as the customer wants.

Dillon wasn’t sure how many deliveries they have each week. But she said a lot of older people in the community take advantage of the service.

Another business with a free delivery service is Bratland’s Prescription Shop, 8 E. North St.

Cashier Vickie Pacheco said they’ve seen a significant increase in customer deliveries of prescriptions this winter. Pacheco estimates they have hundreds of deliveries each week.

“We have one car and one truck, with one driver …,” she said.

The driver keeps busy on a daily basis, Pacheco said.

While deliveries are keeping businesses busy, city officials also Friday were continuing to make plans for this weekend’s substantial snow event. There still was uncertainty among forecasts on the amount of snow expected through the weekend. Some estimates show the area will see as much as 6 to 10 inches of snow.

“It looks like it’s going to be substantial,” Bob Scott, service and operations manager with the city’s Public Works Department said on Friday.

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