Delivery service is well on the road to success
An ex-carpenter who started a small delivery business for extra cash during the downturn aims to have 200 drivers on the road within 18 months.
Clare-man Eric Gargiulo spotted a gap in the market and became the first professional to deliver hot food from established restaurants to homes.
With just one van the 28-year-old set up The Delivery Guys, protecting the reputation of each restaurant in Ennis by keeping food hot in specialised electric heated bags and boxes.
He and his father Mike, 48, now employ six. But don't be fooled, this is not just your everyday fast food delivery business. There is a cutting edge piece of software being developed that will result in its expansion in to the university towns of Limerick and Galway.
While customers can already order online from a restaurant, which links back in with the driver, they will shortly have three payment options and be able to track an order progress right to their front door.
Customers receive their food, on average, within 24 minutes from submitting their order.
"This rapid growth is mainly due to the reliability and security that comes from the knowledge that the meal is always hot and brought to you in a dedicated temperature controlled vehicle that is driven by a Garda Vetted and food safety trained professional," said Eric, who wants legislation about food delivery hygiene tightened.
They are the only ones out there who are compliant with all HSE and FSAI food hygiene regulations. And they are firmly on the road to success having secured investment and the support of Enterprise Ireland.