Collingswood to launch delivery service to help small businesses during pandemic
A Camden County town is hoping to boost its small businesses as it gets colder by offering a new delivery service – and not just for food.
“We have good days, we have bad days,” says The Candy Jar owner Jose Alban.
Alban says that owning a small business during the pandemic has not been easy. But help is on the way for business owners in Collingswood in the form of a delivery service called “Collingswood Prime.”
“We’ve got jewelers, gifts and cards. There’s clothing stores, everybody. We’ve got a good number that I’ve signed up,” says Mayor Jim Maley.
Residents within a 5-mile radius will be able to order from their favorite merchant and have it delivered for free within two or three days through the company Bloc.
“We will be offering our full menu and our fill inventory right now,” says Haddon Culinary owner Joe Muldoon. “Except for some ice creams and some of the more highly perishable items such as hot food.”
While this time of year could be slow for many small businesses, Alban says the candy shop is gearing up for one of their busiest times of the year - Valentine's Day. He says the service couldn't come at a better time.
“It’s going to be a very helpful tool we can use, because instead of us going to deliver all of the orders, we will have this prime service that will do that for us around the area,” he says.
The service is paid for through the borough’s Business Improvement District’s Fund.
“This is just a prime example of why we’re so lucky to be here, because of all the support,” Muldoon says.
“It’s motivation to keep going through these hard times,” says Alban.
Collingswood Prime launches later this week. Residents can sign up on the borough’s website.