In towns without Uber Eats, local entrepreneurs deliver a solution - Demand for food delivery has taken off in rural communities, where small-town services are finding the door wide open
"Whatever the deterrents, the local startups have found enough success to start expanding—with some hoping to build their own delivery empires, and even push into bigger cities. Since launching in Merritt, Canuck Eats now operates in three other areas: Nanaimo, B.C.; Oshawa, Ont.; and Edmonton. “Within the next few years, we want to have a location in every province,” said Tsui.
To keep its service attuned to conditions in each specific market, Canuck Eats created a franchise model. For a $5,000 fee, a local entrepreneur can bring the service to their location. Canuck Eats helps with the technology and marketing, but the local owner negotiates with restaurants and drivers. So far, Tsui’s funded the venture himself, along with a $13,000 injection from Clearco’s ClearAngel program in October 2021. Tsui said he plans to bootstrap the company, but would entertain interested investors on a case-by-case basis."
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