Deliveroo to expand to cover 100 more towns and cities this year

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Deliveroo plans to expand to cover 100 more towns and cities across the UK this year.

The takeaway delivery business said it aims to reach almost two-thirds of the population following increasing demand last year.

The surge in popularity is due to restaurants being ordered to shut their doors under restrictions designed to limit the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

At the same time, people spent much of last year under government orders to stay at home.

The full list of locations has not yet been announced but will include Yeovil, Bangor (Northern Ireland), East Kilbride, King's Lynn, Scarborough, Llanelli and Exmouth.

Deliveroo currently operates in over 200 locations and said it will also expand its reach from these existing sites over the year.

Carlo Mocci, Deliveroo's chief business officer for UK and Ireland, said: "We are pleased to announce that we expect to launch in around 100 new towns and cities across the UK and expand our reach in existing areas throughout 2021 with the aim of reaching almost two thirds of the population.

"With further lockdown measures now in place across the UK, we want to do everything possible to help households get the food they need and want and play our role to make sure families across the country have a wide selection of amazing food, drink and household products to order in as little as 30 minutes."

The company also said it created work for an additional 25,000 riders last year, taking its total to more than 50,000.