July 26, 2018 12:47 pm
Updated: July 26, 2018 6:29 pm

Uber Eats coming to Winnipeg, will compete with SkiptheDishes

Uber Eats is coming to Winnipeg.

Elisha Dacey / Global News
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Uber’s driving service may not be here, but its food delivery service soon will be, starting next month.

Uber Eats is coming to the River City, starting late August. Winnipeggers can download the app and order food from several restaurants that have already signed up for the service, said Dan Park, Head of Uber Eats Canada.

It will compete directly with local company SkipTheDishes, which has also launched in cities across Canada.

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SkipTheDishes is an app-based service that allows users to scroll through menus from participating restaurants, pubs and stores and have their orders delivered to their doors.

The Winnipeg based service is in more than 100 Canadian cities.

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Despite not having a ridesharing service, Uber Eats said its technology can operate a food delivery service.

“Uber Eats has launched in a number of cities where they don’t operate the ridesharing service, including Vancouver,” Park said.

“Uber plans to invest significantly in Winnipeg to build a service that offers reliability, quality and speed of delivery. We know that Winnipeg is an emerging tech hub for Canada.”

The goal is to be in 100 Canadian cities and towns by the end of 2018, said Park. It first launched in Toronto in 2015.

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In a statement SkipTheDishes said it welcomes competition.

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