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Ordering out, dining in: Third-party food delivery service starts in South Hall
Business features several barbecue eateries, may expand to Gainesville
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Julius Colbert, of Suwanee-based Choices For You, grabs a thermal carrying bag from his back seat as he arrives at Dickies Barbecue Pit in Flowery Branch Thursday afternoon Nov. 16, 2017 to pick up food. The third-party food delivery service in South Hall plans to eventually expand to Gainesville. - photo by Scott Rogers

South Hall residents who are hungry but not wanting to go out for the night now have another dining option.

Choices To You, a Suwanee-based restaurant food delivery service, has expanded its coverage area beyond Gwinnett County, pushing up to the Oakwood area and toward Braselton.

“We hope to get up to Gainesville in the not-too-distant future,” owner Tom Vooris said. “My goal is to get us established in the cities we’ve opened into, then progress from there.”

Choices To You

What: restaurant food delivery service.

Headquartered: 950 Scales Road, Suwanee

Noteworthy: $10 minimum food order. Delivery charge is $4.99 for the first 6 miles, with an additional 75 cents per mile after that.

Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday; noon-10 p.m., Saturdays; and noon-9 p.m., Sunday

To order or more info: choicestoyou.com or 678-765-8989

He started the business in 2014, but the idea for the business took root much earlier.

When his wife delivered triplets in 2000, she spent 7 1/2 weeks in the hospital.

They didn’t enjoy hospital food so, “on the weekends, we would order delivery,” Vooris said. “I had wanted to (start a delivery business) for quite a while,” he said.

He finally took the plunge after retiring from the mortgage business.

“The thing I like about this is that it’s not just pepperoni pizza or Chinese,” said Vooris.

Some of Choices To You’s restaurants, as featured in the company’s brochure, are BiBa’s Italian Restaurant, Southern Smoq BBQ, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, Shane’s Rib Shack, Firehouse Subs, Buffalo’s Cafe and Si Fu Ginger Chinese restaurant.

Customers can place orders online or by downloading the company’s app on Android or Apple phones.

A $10 minimum food order for lunch and dinner is required, and the delivery charge is $4.99 for the first 6 miles, with an additional 75 cents per mile after that. The price doesn’t include a tip for the delivery person.

Choices To You promises to deliver food within an hour, but customers need to keep in mind “peak restaurant times, traffic or weather,” according to the brochure.

Drivers uses insulated bags to keep meals hot, and food can be paid for in cash or by a credit card.

Food delivery has long been a staple for many restaurants, but a third party providing customers an array of restaurants to choose from — especially with a few digital clicks — is a popular business trend.

Grubhub, for one, bills itself as the “nation’s leading online and mobile food ordering company,” according to its website.

The company claims to partner with 75,000 restaurants in some 1,300 U.S. cities.

Si Fu Ginger in Oakwood is the lone choice on Grubhub for many area residents, according the website.

UberEATS is another popular third-party service, but it is just barely in Hall County, extending north from Gwinnett to Lanier Islands Parkway/Ga. 347, according to a service map on its website.

“But we’re continuing to expand,” the site says.

“It seems like in the past couple of years everybody is trying to get into this business,” Vooris said. “We’re trying to be different in that we try to stay local.”

“I emphasize the relationship we have with our partner restaurants,” said Choices To You area manager Julius Colbert, picking up an order last week from Dickey’s off Winder Highway in Oakwood.

“That’s what makes us successful. If (restaurants are) high quality, along with the quality that we emphasize, we can grow this (business) in an exponential way.”

Shannon Skains, Dickey’s owner, said his restaurant has just started offering its own delivery service in a 5-mile radius, but he also appreciates the service offered by Choices To You.

“There’s a huge market for it,” he said.

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