Urban Grocery was founded on July 5, 1994. Richard originally was a delivery agent and also worked for one of the first grocery delivery services in Washington, DC, the Happy Mind Shop at Home Service. When that company closed in June of 1994, Richard and his wife Stacey determined to continue home grocery delivery by offering the service themselves.
Customers originally ordered by telephone and fax. All customers used a paper catalog, and the first ones were produced with Microsoft Word, which was quite a process! UrbanGrocery.com was first up and running in 1999. The early re-order system was a simple text file that customers could fill the quantities in on. It was low tech, but it worked.
Urban Grocery has worked with a number of differenct store partners throughout its history. We are dedicated to giving you the best selection, quality, and service at supermarket prices.
In 2001 Urban Grocery began developing its associate and affiliate system to allow other entrepreneurs to use it’s software and system. Urban Grocery held seminars and began offering its system to those who wished to operate a grocery delivery service locally or nationally.
In 2002 Urban Grocery co-founders Richard & Stacey Urban founded ULTRA (Urban Life Training and Reality Assessment) Teen Choice. The mission of ULTRA Teen Choice is to provide education, peer counseling and clubs for youth that will empower them to be successful in life by choosing abstinence from sex outside of marriage and abstinence from drugs and alcohol.
Today, Urban Grocery LLC provides grocery delivery software, shopping cart hosting, and web site hosting for grocery delivery services throughout the United states. Our goal is to expand our unique delivery system so that customers are being served in every state and territory in the United States, as well as the Washington DC Metro area.
In 2011 Urban Grocery launched UrbanGrocery.net and UrbanGrocery.org to serve as a portal for the growing number of delivery services utilizing the Urban Grocery Delivery System. Urban Grocery also lauched a new referral program where anyone in the Urban Grocery delivery area can earn free groceries by telling their friends and neighbors about Urban Grocery.