Following a strong half-year of growth, Deliveroo has today announced that it is planning to expand its footprint in Ireland by launching in Waterford on the 26 August, as part of its broader expansion plans across the UK and Ireland.
The increased investment in the Irish market will see Deliveroo work with more riders and drivers in the Southeast region, in addition to where the company already operates in Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway.
Paddy Quinlan, growth manager for Deliveroo Ireland said, “Deliveroo’s arrival in Waterford is illustrative of its commitment to the Irish market."
New Work Opportunities
Deliveroo, which launched in Ireland in 2015, works with more than 1,000 self-employed riders across these cities.
According to the online food platform the move into Waterford will open new work opportunities for people in the local community who want the freedom to choose when, where and how to work.
In addition to working with riders, over 1,800 restaurants across Ireland partner with Deliveroo and thanks to its riders, food and groceries are delivered to customers’ doors in as little as 20 minutes.
Deliveroo’s move into Waterford will also be a boost for local restaurants as the food delivery company helped many restaurants implement new delivery services to stay afloat when doors were closed to the public at the onset of the pandemic.
By signing up with Deliveroo, restaurants can grow their business by widening their customer base and increasing sales.
"In addition to creating valuable opportunities for riders, our arrival in Waterford will be a boost to local restaurants who will be able to reach new customers and grow their businesses through food delivery,” Quinlan added.
The company saw a 50% increase in the number of restaurants joining Deliveroo in Ireland since March 2020, including fried chicken business Mad Egg, Dublin Korean restaurant Kimchi Hophouse, dim sum specialist Lucky Tortoise, Offbeat Donuts, and Abbey St bar and restaurant Wigwam.
Within the last month restaurants that signed up to the platform include KFC and WOWBurger.
The company is already in the process of signing up potential restaurant partners in Waterford, offering them the opportunity to expand their customer base further than before.
Ahead of launching in Waterford, Deliveroo said is looking to sign-up new riders and drivers to deliver food from restaurants and grocery retailers across the town to customers. To keep riders safe while out on the road, the company offers all riders and drivers free accident and injury insurance to ensure they are protected, as well as free training courses for riders and their families.
Restaurants, takeaways and grocery retailers can apply here to become a Deliveroo partner.