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Durham gets new online grocer

Posted June 9, 2014

A sample of offerings from the Relay Foods online store, serving Durham as of Monday, June 9, 2014.

— Relay Foods, a grocery store without a store, begins service Monday in Durham. The store offers online ordering and either delivery or free pick-up. 

The online store is organized by "aisle" with categories for produce, meat and fish, bakery, dairy, frozen foods and more.

You start by scheduling where you'll get your groceries. Either choose home delivery (at a cost of $12) or pick-up at one of Relay's designated places and times. As of Monday, there were three pick-up windows available in The Triangle this week – in Research Triangle Park, at Durham's Grey Stone Church on Hillsborough Road and in the West Village Apartments. Based on the website, these appear to be weekly events.

The prices from Relay (even in the On Sale! section) skew high. The selection of items shows an emphasis on locally sourced and organic foods, which usually cost more. According to the website, "While we may not beat big-box retailers on Cheerios or offer bargain-basement sales, we do provide great values where it counts for our customers. We work with our local vendors to offer competitive prices."

Relay started in the greater Washington, D.C., area and is expected to expand to Raleigh and Chapel Hill in the near future.



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  • heard-it-all-before Jun 9, 2014

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    have you heard of a city called Durham? you should move there. it's full of novelists like yourself. it's a fantastic place as long as you never walk alone at night and you never drive the car that doesn't have the Lojack installed

  • WorkingMyNerves Jun 9, 2014

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    I know, I was reading that too. Just after I finished reading about the shooting at Bodi club and the cars that were set on fire off Spring Forest rd. Lovely.

  • Naysayer Jun 9, 2014

    I love all the Durham defenders on here, brings a smile to my face as I read the latest story about 3 more attacks/knock out game on the American tobacco trail. Lovely.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jun 9, 2014

    Ok, I'll correct myself before someone else does. $4.75 was for "about" a pound and a half (whatever "about" means to them that is), or $3.17 a pound for something I can get at FL or IGA for $.99 to $1.99 a pound.
    Again, no thanks.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jun 9, 2014

    $4.75/# for bone in/skin on thighs is highway robbery.
    No thanks!!!

  • WorkingMyNerves Jun 9, 2014

    I tire of this argument. Durham is not Raleigh and nor should it aspire to be. I lived in Raleigh for years and I love it with all my heart. I moved to Durham with the same preconceived notions as some of the people in this forum. What I've found is a vibrant community that is driven toward change. The people are wonderful and very welcoming. The local restaurants are spectacular, as well as local events. Durham doesn't need to be another Raleigh, and I hope to god it doesn't try to be. Durham has its own charm, no need to be something it's not.
    Now, are there areas of violence? Yes, but no more than I experienced in Raleigh. But do not mistake me, there are sections of Durham that are very poor and have a high crime rate. But so did Raleigh. As for this grocery, seems the same as Harris Teeters online service but more expensive. Sounds more like a CSA than a grocery store. Thankfully it will sell less haterade than the WRAL Forums.

  • lewiskr45 Jun 9, 2014

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  • gmuny33 Jun 9, 2014

    How can we not assume, when there turns to be a day long blog, about a Triangle city getting a business. Even Durham was able to obtain this business, which still means, Raleigh was not chosen. A grocery store, spurs on such debate, says more of what is the problem of the ppl in the triangle, heck the state, and the country.

  • ncouterbanks69 Jun 9, 2014

    "Durham will now have an internet grocer, to the dismay of the Durham bashers. Stay on the point, you all are envious that you don't have it, or believe no one deserves something first or more, that you all believe you should have."

    I love how you guys love to make assumptions. I could care less about a store where I do not get to pick out my own groceries. Nasty. However even though in durham I wish this business well as I do all business in NC. Even in durham.

  • 68_dodge_polara Jun 9, 2014

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    Ah your right! NCSU, Duke and UNC-CH.