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Time to Eat Akron set to launch food delivery service

AKRON, Ohio – When it’s time to eat, a new player entering the food delivery service in Akron is ready to bring food to you.

Jamie Banks is set to launch Time to Eat Akron next week. Banks is an independent owner of the company, based in Fresno, Calif. It has existed since 2004.

It will cover most of Akron, he said, which he estimates means potentially 1,100 restaurants in an area of ​​300,000 people. Restaurants will need to agree to partner with Time to Eat Akron through Google Food Ordering. Banks – who lives in Akron – said he trains and checks his drivers locally.

It’s similar to DoorDash, Uber Eats, Grubhub and other major players in the delivery industry, which have seen a boon to stay-at-home orders amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“The difference is that we’re a little friendlier on restaurant results, which means we don’t take as much of a percentage as other people,” said Banks, who previously worked for Sherwin-Williams and also lived in Las Vegas. does volunteer work.

“Typically they go to my website, choose the type of cuisine they want, click on it and order it from there. If I partner with a restaurant, they can go to their website” and make their choice of food delivery.

“Since the pandemic, this industry has exploded, and they’ve kind of hammered themselves — restaurants have — paying third-party delivery services.”

Time to Eat Akron asks restaurants for 10% of the order for the partnership.

Other national food delivery companies made the news during the pandemic when rates of 30% were common – and raised eyebrows. In fact, in November 2020, at the height of the pandemic, the Cleveland City Council capped the fees DoorDash and its competitors could charge restaurants in the city. Then City Council Speaker Kevin Kelley and other council members slammed what they saw as an example of businesses “taking advantage of a sector of the economy that isn’t doing very well.”

The first step in getting people to learn about Time to Eat Akron, Banks said, is grassroots marketing by canvassing area restaurants, pounding the pavement — anything to get the word out.

“The local aspect has been huge,” said Banks, 43. “A lot of people said to me, ‘Oh, we love local, and you live here, don’t you? “

Banks bases his business on friendlier restaurant fare and localness. He will see how things go before moving on to the next steps.

“It’s a possibility for expansion in the immediate future,” he said, but added, “I’m going to have my hands full here, with 300,000 people.”

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