Home delivery making comeback?


You have all heard “if it goes around it comes back.”

It does.

Everyone remembers their first school and church and girlfriend, but probably at the realistic top of the list was the neighborhood grocery store.

It was a jewel.

Today, can you imagine calling your favorite grocery store (the neighborhood one is history), ordering what you need and getting it delivered a few minutes later by a grocery boy on a bicycle?

It was one of those blessings that died with the neighborhood concept of everything.

But, folks, it is trying to make a comeback.

All kinds of businesses today are trying to make home delivery a big plus for their operation.

And, from what I see, it has a lot of glitches to get over before sailing is smooth.

In earlier days, usually a high school dude worked part-time to make everyone happy.

I can clearly remember my mama calling the neighborhood grocery store to order her weekly groceries or if she a needed special order of bologna.

It came in a long roll back in those days and homemakers called in to order it sliced to their satisfaction.

Stores in neighborhoods, back in earlier times, also had a meat counter. The meat was cut to order.

Wives, for the most part, stayed home in those days and called in their grocery needs and then went about doing their other daily chores until it arrived.

It worked out well for everyone — the grocery operator, the wife and the delivery boy.

There was something else the neighborhoods grocery store had that is gone today other than in specialty shops — the glass-covered candy counter.

A penny bought delight, but a nickel and dime bought eternal delight.

Store owners bought soda bottles young’uns found that had been discarded. One bottle brought a penny.

Few bottles in the neighborhood were trashed long before an enterprising youngster found it and cashed in at the grocery store — getting a nice ticket to the candy counter.

Been there and done that a zillion times.

It was most likely the first job ever for at least a zillion young’uns.

The neighborhood grocery store is gone now, soda bottles are as useless as aluminum cans today, and the only thing left — home delivery — is making a comeback.

William Holloman is a staff writer for the Mount Olive Tribune. He can be reached at wnh9326@gmail.com.


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