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DutyFreeFood.Com Opens in Fort Lauderdale: Order Your Groceries Online, Pick Up Later

After a long day working, the last thing you want to do is go grocery shopping. But what if you could just stop by the store and pick up a bag full of healthy vegetables, meat, and all the other items on your shopping list and be on your way?

Duty Free Food does just that.

The company, which just launched in Fort Lauderdale, takes the stress out of grocery shopping. The process is pretty genius, too. Just visit shop.dutyfreefood.com and choose the items to place in your virtual shopping cart and check out. Then, drive to one of the designated pick-up areas and get your groceries.

You don't even have to get out of your car because the company offers curbside service.

In case you were wondering, there are no membership fees to join the program and no monthly minimums. Plus, because the pick-up locations don't have to be well-decorated for consumers, the food costs will actually be about 30% less than supermarket prices.

There are a few drawbacks to the company, which is still in its infancy stage.

Right now, there is only one pick-up location at 195 North Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale, and many items on the site are unavailable, so right now it's just the basics like bagels ($2.74) , asparagus ($4.59 per pound), and steak (a porterhouse is $16.52 per pound). Plus, if you're the kind of person who likes thumping each melon in the produce section until you find the prefect one, this service might not be for you.

But, if you're a busy professional (or a lazy bastard) in the Fort Lauderdale area, you might just want to check this out. Especially on a rainy day like this one.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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