Buyk, a grocery bike delivery company, expands to Chicago with 7 stores

PORTAGE PARK – A new growing grocery delivery business in the city is looking for bicycle couriers to deliver goods to seven community areas.

Buyk, a New York-based startup that offers express delivery of bicycle groceries, opened seven stores in Chicago in late 2021, including a Six Corners store at 4819 W. Irving Park Road.

Buyk is recruiting couriers, store managers and local food brands who want to be sold in its grocery stores, said James Walker, CEO of the company.

As the Six Corners area experiences a boom in development and new businesses, Walker said the Northwest Side store will be a positive addition to the community that can bring convenience and fast, focused service to customers.

“Hyerlocality is a big part of Buyk’s strategy,” Walker said. “We can bring convenience and our overall goal of saving time for our customers. “

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New York-based grocery delivery company Buyk recently opened a Chicago store in the Six Corners neighborhood at 4819 W. Irving Park Road.

People can order food on the Buyk app and expect their order to be delivered within five to 15 minutes with no delivery charges. Couriers pack items for company stores, which are not open to the public but are supplied with food from local and national suppliers.

To attract new customers, Walker said people can get $ 20 off their first order using the app.

The company was launched in New York three months ago and has seen rapid success, he said. It now has 28 stores there and plans to open 14 more in Chicago by the spring.

Buyk chose Chicago as its second city to serve based on the city’s business and retail market, its local manufacturers and various food options, Walker said.

The company is committed to paying its “buyers” fairly and offers full-time positions with perks, competitive pay and commuter benefits, Walker said. Couriers start at $ 17 an hour. Those interested can apply online.

“We love the clientele, we love the market, we love the density. … Everything indicates that this is a great second market for Buyk to launch, ”said Walker.

The company has also opened locations that will serve Bucktown, Wicker Park, Old Irving Park, Ravenswood and Lincoln Park. A Logan Square store is in the works, the company said.

He hopes to source some of the popular Chicago items that people love by partnering with the city’s businesses and entrepreneurs.

“My goal for our assortment is that every week when a Buyk customer logs into this app, they discover new and exciting things,” he said.

Buyk envisions Washington, DC and Boston as the company continues to grow, Walker said.

Buyk raised $ 46 million from multiple investors in a recent pre-launch fundraiser and processed more than 1,350 orders per day in New York City, according to the New York Times.

The company’s co-founders also launched Samokat, one of Europe’s fastest growing grocery delivery services based in Russia.

Getir, another Turkey-based grocery delivery company promising super-fast delivery, launched in Chicago in November and is set to open in Andersonville. Getir is known for its fleet of yellow and purple scooters used for delivery.

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