15 Apr First Digital Convenience Store Coming to Michigan
goPuff Opens Service Center Warehouse in Lansing to Deliver to MSU and Nearby Area
LANSING, Mich. – Grabbing a quick snack just got a little easier with the addition of goPuff, the first digital convenience store, to the Lansing region. GoPuff was founded by two twenty year old college sophomores in Philadelphia who began by delivering late-night snacks around campus from the back of their Plymouth Voyager. Now five years later, with the help of 700 employees, goPuff is delivering product in over 70 locations around the US including major Midwest markets such as Chicago, IL, Columbus, OH, Des Moines, IA, Indianapolis, IN and Madison, WI. As of this morning, goPuff has officially opened a new service center at 2619 East Michigan Avenue in Lansing, which is also goPuff’s first operation in Michigan.
“goPuff is excited to bring its product offerings to Michigan via this initial presence in Lansing,” said Liz Romaine, Director of Communications at goPuff. “We see the Lansing area and Michigan State University as a perfect market for goPuff’s dynamic mix of snack food and everyday items, delivered fast and affordably with convenience as the priority.”
goPuff’s new service center is located along Michigan Avenue, a key commercial corridor with great proximity to the campus of Michigan State University and a key site selection factor for goPuff.
“goPuff is perfectly situated on the ever-evolving Michigan Avenue corridor—the economic backbone of the Lansing region—and we are excited to watch them launch and grow in our community,” said Bob Trezise, President and CEO of LEAP.
The new goPuff service center will stock more than two thousand products—from snacks and ice cream to basic grocery items—that are ordered via a free mobile app and delivered anywhere within a five mile radius for a flat $1.95 delivery fee. goPuff’s incredible growth over five years reflects changing consumer expectations and a technology-oriented approach that is particularly prominent with Millennials and Generation Z.
“Innovative companies like goPuff push the envelope and will add both an interesting twist to the region’s convenience store marketplace, and an amenity that is highly appealing to and reflective of the type of talent and business we are working to attract and keep here in the Lansing region,” said Keith Lambert, Vice President of Business Attraction at LEAP.
Gillespie Group owns the building and has spent recent months rehabilitating and retrofitting the space for its newest tenant, to the tune of approximately $300,000—reflective of a growing trend among property owners and real estate developers who are reinvesting in buildings along Michigan Avenue.
“We recognize the vital importance of investing along the Michigan Avenue corridor, which is working to connect the Michigan Capitol steps to the banks of the Red Cedar River on Michigan State University’s campus,” said Pat Gillespie, President of Gillespie Group. “It’s these extra steps that attract businesses like goPuff to the region.”
“We are pleased to be welcoming goPuff to the City of Lansing, another unique business that will bring new energy into the city,” said Mayor Andy Schor of Lansing. “goPuff will add to the momentum on the Michigan Avenue Corridor as we continue to grow Lansing.”
The Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) is a coalition of area leaders partnering to build a stronger community for all—working every day to grow, retain and attract business.