LEBANON — Richard Duncan and his brother-in-law stayed up late one night, sitting on the couch playing video games, bellies grumbling, and lamented about the lack of local food delivery options.
And thus, a new business was born.
Munchys Delivery, operated by Duncan and his wife Kristi Duncan, will deliver food from more than 10 Lebanon restaurants, including Kentucky Fried Chicken, Carl’s Jr., the Growler Café and Dutch Bros. Coffee.
On Monday, the business will start operations in Corvallis, and within two or three months, they hope to begin bringing food to Albany residents, as well.
“We try to deliver in 25 to 30 minutes,” Kristi Duncan said, as her husband brought a Subway sandwich to the front door of a Lebanon house on Thursday.
That delivery, which happened at about 11:30 a.m., took roughly 10 minutes from the time the order was placed.
Depending on the weather, how busy the restaurant is and other factors, delivery could take up to an hour, however.
Munchys has been open for about two weeks in Lebanon. So far, regular customers have included busy workers who don’t want to waste much time on lunch, and retirees who can’t easily leave the house.
In Corvallis, the demographics are a bit different. Richard Duncan hopes his delivery service helps reduce intoxicated driving in the college town.
Deliveries can be made online, through a phone application or by calling 1-888-35-MUNCH (1-888-356-8624). “It’s nice we have a call-in headquarters, because older people are more comfortable with it,” Richard Duncan said.
The local Munchys actually is a franchise of a Tampa, Florida delivery company. Richard Duncan said that being part of the franchise made it easier on his efforts to grow the business.
Munchys also has its own “convenience store” where customers can buy everything from candy bars to cold medicine and diapers and have them delivered.
“We’ll hopefully get into groceries in the future,” Richard Duncan said.
He said his job as a delivery worker for James Gang Pizza in Lebanon made him realize that there was a demand for more food delivery in the area.
“People are getting busier and busier, and the time they have to eat is getting shorter and shorter,” Richard Duncan said.
For the time being, he will continue to work his James Gang job. Eventually, however, he thinks Munchys will turn into a full-time gig.
The Duncans anticipate hiring more delivery drivers, especially if the demand for their business is what they expect in Corvallis.
The cost for delivery from Munchys varies. There is a base $2.99 delivery fee, and there is also a charge starting at 1 percent based on the restaurant.
Delivery orders have a minimum of $7 to $10 purchase, depending on the restaurant.
Munchys won’t delivery more than five miles away from the restaurant, Richard Duncan said.
Munchys delivery times are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday. Cash, credit cards and debit cards are accepted.
For more information, go to www.MunchysDelivery.com.