KITCHENER, Ont. — Flanagan Foodservice is opening to the public for the first time in 40 years in response to the impact of the COVID-19 virus on the food supply chain. The new online store, called Flanagan Grocery, offers more than 300 food items and supplies, allowing anyone to order online for next day and schedule contactless pick up.
The company, founded in Kitchener, Ont., in 1977, sells to more than 7,000 restaurants and food operations across Ontario and, as such, guests on the site will see larger, bulk-size quantities on some items. Flanagan Grocery offers restaurant-quality foods, including steak, burgers, chicken, frozen entrees, desserts and much more. A selection of household supplies is also available.
“We want to help alleviate some of the stress of grocery shopping,” says Dan Lafrance, president of Flanagan. “We’ve seen people lined up at grocery stores, long wait times for delivery and lots of products that are out of stock. Although many of our products are in larger sizes than shoppers are used to, we offer online ordering with scheduled pick up, which should save everyone time — plus you don’t even have to get out of your car.”
The company is currently operating this service out of its distribution centre in Kitchener and plans to open it up in the near future to consumers from its Whitby and Sudbury, Ont. locations.