By: Megan Wilkinson, CSD Staff.
Casey’s General Stores Inc. now offers its new pizza delivery service on a daily basis to customers at several store locations in Iowa.
For hungry c-store customers in Iowa buying c-store pizza just got even more convenient. Casey’s General Stores Inc. is delivering pizza direct to customers from its Grimes, Iowa, location and is set to roll out the delivery service to five more stores this August.
Casey’s began its first pizza delivery service on April 11 in its Grimes, Iowa store. Currently, the program serves customers between 4:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. every day of the week.
Darryl Bacon, vice president of foodservices for Casey’s, said the company came up with the idea for the program close to five years ago. “We’ve had a well-established pizza program for years,” Bacon said, “and our Grimes location has been fairly profitable with its pizza delivery service. We’re happy with these results, and we want to expand the program to other Casey’s stores.”
Casey’s new delivery program requires that each store involved hire a handful of employees to work as drivers for the program. Bacon said the exact number of new employees will vary at each store location.
Starting Aug. 1, Casey’s plans to begin implementing the program at five more Iowa stores, including its Adel, Carroll, Eldridge, Nevada and Waverly locations. While this program may not expand to all Casey’s stores, Bacon said he is content with the way the business is headed.
“This business is not something we want to just jump right into,” Bacon said. “We are going steady with it to see how it affects our sales.”
Casey’s General Stores has been a part of the pizza business for 26 years. The company serves breakfast pizza in the morning, followed by lunch and dinner pizzas until 11 p.m. The store’s full menu line of pizzas will be available for purchase through the pizza delivery program, as well as in-store purchases. Bacon said all of the store’s pizzas are handmade and prepared in each store’s kitchen.
“We like to make our pizza from scratch in every store,” he said. “We prepare the dough, and all the ingredients fresh.”
Casey’s operates more than 1,600 c-stores in 11 states.