New pickup service for convenience store shopping

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A new company is allowing customers to shop at convenience stores from their smartphone or computer.

GoGoCurb was recently launched in Jasper and gives people the option to place an order for soda, snacks, wine, alcohol, and/or tobacco and pick it up within 30 minutes.

Five convenience stores in Walker County are providing the service: Cresview Texaco, 7656 Highway 78 in Dora; Manchester Citgo, 4560 Highway 195 in Jasper; Chevron, 3022 Highway 195 in Jasper; The Toad, 2501 Airport Road in Jasper; and Toads Two, 1385 Arkadelphia Road in Jasper.  

To place a pickup order, customers simply visit www.gogocurb.com, make their selections, and checkout. Then, merchants will notify customers when their orders are ready for pickup.

Co-founders Stephanie Anderson and Ahmed Dharani of Alabama and Srini Jay of California, along with marketing manager Paige Smith of Alabama make up the GoGoCurb team.

GoGoCurb was founded in direct response to COVID-19.

"Curbside pickup provides our guests and our employees a convenient and contactless shopping experience," an email from the co-founders reads. "We wanted to ensure the safety of not only our employees but also our amazing local community."

Smith said one thing that makes GoGoCurb unique is retailers are not charged per transaction for offering the convenient pickup service; rather the retailers pay a one-time fee to offer GoGoCurb to customers and GoGoCurb charges shoppers $1.99 per transaction to make a profit.

GoGoCurb also lists items for the same price they would be if a customer were to shop in-store.

"With times forever changing, we are all just trying to figure out a new 'normal.' At GoGoCurb, we hope to provide a service that provides convenience, all while being safe at the same time," Smith said. "Whether you have a high-risk person living in the home and you can’t get out and go into the store, or your a nurse who is running late for their seventh 12-hour shift in a row and they won’t make it without that energy drink, we want to be able to be that peace of mind that we currently have a shortage of." 

GoGoCurb is currently available at select convenience stores in Alabama, Florida, Texas, and Georgia.