Alcohol delivery service arrives in Oxford, Hamilton next

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Vroom Delivery partnered with Cincinnati businesses last year for alcohol delivery and has since expanded its operations north into Butler and Warren counties.

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A new service offering alcohol delivery from area businesses is enlarging its footprint in Butler County.

Vroom Delivery is partnering with Johnny’s Campus Deli, 209 E. Sycamore St. to bring the alcohol delivery service to Oxford and the surrounding area, according to John Sabo, of Liberty Twp., a spokesman for the company.

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The store offers beer, wine, snacks and other convenience store items to area residents and students who want to save the time it would take to buy those items in person.

“The Miami store will help us expand our campus program, which is also available at University of Cincinnati and Xavier,” Sabo said.

Johnny’s Campus Deli, which also owns U Shop at 21 E. High St. and The Den at 117 E. High St., covers a 4-mile delivery radius, Sabo said.

The company plans to start offering alcohol delivery in Hamilton and the surrounding area starting March 27 via a partnership with Main Street BP, Sabo said.

Vroom is hiring college students to be campus ambassadors. For more information, email john.sabo@vroomdelivery.com.

Despite its intent to serve the Oxford market, there’s one area Vroom Delivery won’t be able to tap: Miami University’s campus.

“The delivery of alcohol to university housing is prohibited,” said Miami University spokeswoman Claire Wagner. “And, the vast majority of students housed on-campus are under the age of 21.”

Vroom Delivery partnered with Cincinnati businesses last May for alcohol delivery and has since expanded its operations north into West Chester and Mason.

Founded in 2015 in El Paso, Texas, Vroom Delivery now operates there and across southwest Ohio, plus stores in Kentucky and Indiana.

The service, which is available via website or a downloadable app, features hundreds of local, domestic, imports and craft beers, as well as wine and low-proof alcohol, Sabo said. In addition, items that can be found in most convenience stores are also available for purchase.

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Vroom Delivery orders can be made up to 10 days in advance or for same-day delivery until at least 10 p.m., with late-night delivery available past midnight in select locations. Purchasers must be 21 years old and present valid photo identification that matches the name on the credit card used to make the purchase if the order includes any alcohol.

Vroom Delivery isn’t the first to tap the potential of alcohol delivery in Southwest Ohio.

In December, Middletown Fine Wine & Spirits partnered with Drizly, an alcohol delivery service also available Columbus, Akron and the suburbs of Cleveland, among nearly 40 cities across the United States and Canada.

Amazon Inc. recently expanded its Prime Now offerings in Cincinnati and Columbus to offer two-hour free delivery of “hundreds of alcohol-related products,” including wine and craft beers, according to media partner WCPO.

The service requires Amazon Prime membership, which costs $99 annually. One-hour delivery is available for $7.99.

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