Mayor says convenience store on wheels an example of how Philly can grow businesses

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 Mayor Jim Kenney helps with ribbon cutting at Go Puff Headquarters (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Mayor Jim Kenney helps with ribbon cutting at Go Puff Headquarters (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney went to the headquarters of an expanding millennial-run business to tout the city a good place to grow.

Go Puff, the convenience store that delivers to your door, was the brainchild of millennials when they were at Drexel University and too busy to go buy everything from beer to munchies. Co-founder Rafael Ilishayev says they had a basic idea and ran with it.

“We filled our own use case by providing a service that will do it for you on a affordable basis for a very low delivery charge of only $1.95, so same price as your local convenience store delivered in under 30 minutes,” he said.

Mayor Jim Kenney says this is an example of young businesspeople deciding to stay in Philadelphia with some help from city agencies.

“Making sure they understand there’s a friendly face/person in the commerce department and in the city government, that will address their problems,” he said.

Kenney says he hopes other entrepreneurs follow suit.

Go Puff now delivers in 18 cities from Atlanta, to Portland to Tucson, but cut the ribbon on a new 30,000 square-foot headquarters in Philadelphia.

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