DoorDash, an on-demand food platform, is expanding its network to include Athens in the coming weeks.
DoorDash spokesperson Liz King confirmed in an email last Wednesday that the service is coming to Athens on May 22, and will enter the market offering its national partners, the Chipotle, Subway and Wendy’s outlets in Athens. Others interested in working with the company can apply on its website.
The company has added Athens as a city on the website, and lists Wendy’s as a restaurant that uses the service.
DoorDash is an on-demand delivery service founded in 2013 by Stanford graduates. It offers a peer-to-peer delivery system where freelance drivers, called “dashers,” deliver food to customers who order online or via mobile app.
Dave Kennedy, general manager of the Richland Avenue Wendy’s, confirmed Thursday morning that his store location will participate in the new service as it works with national chain locations in Athens.
“It’s something that’s coming in the very near future for us, but we haven’t gotten completely in DoorDash as the Wendy’s in the major cities have,” Kennedy said. “Right now, we’re still working on mobile apps and mobile ordering.”
Kennedy said the Richland Avenue Wendy’s still needs to undergo the training required by DoorDash before the service becomes available at the location.
In regards to increases in sales volume, Kennedy said he sees the South Court Street location of the Wendy’s chain being more popular than the Richland location.
“As far as Court Street, I see it being more popular in that area, being right on campus,” Kennedy said. “It’s a good service; it’s another option for people.”
Prospective drivers for the service must be above 18 years old, and cannot have had a DUI, a reckless-driving charge, or several other types of vehicular crimes within the past eight years, according to the company website. DoorDash automatically conducts background checks in accordance with state and federal law.
In larger cities, DoorDash competes with other peer-to-peer food delivery services such as GrubHub and UberEats, neither of which are in Athens.