Meals in Motion will deliver

December 20, 1997

by Kevin G. Gilbert / staff photographer

Meals in Motion will deliver


Staff Writer

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Too busy to go out for lunch, go to the laundromat, pick up your clothes at the cleaners, buy groceries or run errands?

Call Bill Davis and either he or one of his drivers will do it for you.

Davis, 28, of Waynesboro started Meals in Motion, a pick-up and delivery service that he hopes will soon see success.

He said he knows there's a void to be filled out there. He's just not sure Waynesboro is ready or big enough to support his new venture.


"If this was a bigger city it would have taken off faster," he said.

Davis suffers from cystic fibrosis. He lives off a disability check but hopes his new business will be his path to independence.

His office at 127 Cumberland Valley Ave., has a desk and telephone. For now he has himself and full-time driver. He just bought a used four-wheel-drive vehicle to make his rounds in bad weather.

He began with an idea to deliver pizzas for local restaurants that didn't provide their own delivery service.

"I delivered pizzas when I was younger," he said. "Only two restaurants in the area deliver it now. It dawned on me that if you want something to delivered to eat it has to be pizza"

Davis delivers pizza and other foods from a variety of local restaurants that he has signed with. He also deliver groceries, a service that appeals to elderly residents.

"Customers call me with their lists. I do the shopping and deliver the order to them," he said.

He said the grocery services has been the slowest side of his business to catch on.

"I've only had three orders so far," he said.

"There are a lot of older people around Waynesboro. I see them on the street all the time. Some of them can barely get along," he said.

Davis charges $3.75 for meal or pizza delivery and adds 10 percent to the cost of a grocery order.

He also stocks menus from several area restaurants. When customers call, he reads them off and they make their choice. The delivery business for the lunch crowd is picking up, he said.

"I think business will get better as word gets around by word-of-mouth. I hope it works out. If it doesn't, I'll have to go back on disability," he said.

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