On Monday, March 15th, 2020-
Founder, Joe Chionchio, woke up in the morning. It was his third day being home from Manhattan College due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He was sick of feeling sorry for himself… his senior year of college was taken away from him, his senior year baseball season was cancelled, and he was separated from all of his friends… he realized everyone was going through something, and in a lot of cases way worse than him. This impacted everyone.
When Joe was drinking his coffee that morning, he thought about how he could give back to his community in Bay Shore, New York. He decided to start a grocery shopping and delivery service to help those who were not able to leave their home. His goal was to offer same day, super safe and very friendly service.
He quickly discovered other grocery delivery services were experiencing significant delays and some even shut down their delivery service which created pent up demand. It took Joe a week to get his branding and marketing in order, and then he acquired his first customer.
Ever since then, his grocery delivery service has been in high demand. He partnered with one of his close friends and Manhattan College Baseball teammate, John Kelly, to help expand Smart Shop. Smart Shop's social media channels continue to gain followers and demand is increasing every day due to word of mouth and the news coverage we have received: