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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

New Delivery Service Comes to Richmond

OrderUp can bring Strawberry Street Cafe's crab cakes right to your door.

Posted By on Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 10:59 AM

Watch out, delivery folks, you’re about to face stiff competition. And it comes from an unlikely source.

Groupon had a rough time in 2015. Its stock price plummeted and falling revenues spurred layoffs throughout the company, nationally and internationally. Fortunately for the online coupon company, this year is going better — Chinese behemoth Alibaba bought a stake in the business, driving up share prices, and Groupon is continuing to expand — into different ventures.

At the end of last summer, Groupon bought Baltimore-based company OrderUp for $69 million, and the online order and delivery service is now available in Richmond.

More than 40 local restaurants are participating. Once you download the OrderUp app, you’ll have a choice, starting today, between food from Coriander, Red Eye Cookie Company, Strawberry Street Cafe and Weezie’s Kitchen, among others, plus chains such as Chipotle, Noodles & Company, Subway and Which Wich, plus a few more. Here’s the complete list.

“Richmond is a city with a thriving restaurant scene, and many of the amazing local eateries on our platform haven’t offered delivery until now,” said Chris Jeffery, chief executive officer and co-founder of OrderUp in a press release.

OrderUp’s delivery areas include downtown and in Jackson Ward, the Fan, the Museum District, Carytown, the near West End and the Willow Lawn area.

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