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foodora Launches LCBO On-Demand Delivery in Toronto

foodora has solved the worst party faux-pas.

Running out of booze at a party (just ask Nick Jonas) or carrying heavy cans/bottles in handleless brown paper bags back to your city residence may be a thing of the past. Thanks to foodora, one of the country’s leading on-demand delivery services, Torontonians can now enjoy on-demand delivery of LCBO products right to their front door. 

According to the press release, the company started the pilot project in city areas of Ottawa, but have now expanded the pilot in select LCBO locations in Toronto. The delivery radius includes downtown Toronto and users can double check the foodora app or website to see if their specific address falls within the delivery zone (fingers crossed).

If users do live within the delivery zone, then via the foodora app on iOS or Android devices or even on the foodora website, downtown Toronto residents (of legal drinking age) can order their favourite products from participating LCBO locations. While, not all LCBO products will be made available, there will be a curated menu of LCBO bestsellers and customer favourites. Selections include popular beer, cider, wine, spirits, and ready-to-drink offerings. 

“We are confident that our valued customers across the city will enjoy the selection of some of our best products and best-in-class service through this efficient and responsible on-demand delivery option,” said George Soleas, President & CEO, LCBO.

After ordering LCBO products from foodora, customers can on average expect their delivery to arrive at their front door within 60-minutes. The cost of delivery is a flat fee of $6 and the service will be available Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to one hour before the store closes (different LCBO locations have different closing times).

The service is incredibly useful for those living in the city and on-demand LCBO delivery is available exclusively through foodora. “foodora understands the increasingly mobile and connected way that Torontonians live, work, play and eat, and we are committed to providing high-quality service, convenience and thoughtful options for every day,” said David Albert, Managing Director, foodora Canada.

Now, readers may be wondering how foodora is ensuring that LCBO products don’t wind up in the hands of minors or in other precarious situations. The way foodora will navigate this issue is by having specific delivery personnel for LCBO products who will be Smart Serve-certified and will have the responsibility of only serving to customers ages 19 or older. However, if upon delivery a customer fails to show a piece of valid ID to the delivery person, appears to be intoxicated, or appears to be buying on behalf of a minor, the order will be cancelled and a $20 restocking fee will be applied. 

foodora already exists in 10 cities across Canada and holds partnerships with more than 1,200 restaurants in Toronto alone. Beyond their partnership with the LCBO, on the horizon for foodora are plans to offer on-demand delivery from downtown gourmet grocer, Fresh & Wild Food Market, Popeye’s Supplements, convenience retailers Couche-Tard and Circle K, and many more.

Here is a list of LCBO locations participating in the pilot:

LCBO Store #17, Distillery District, 222 Front Street East

LCBO Store #18, Liberty Village, 85 Hanna Avenue, Unit 103

LCBO Store #534, Roncesvalles Village, 2290 Dundas Street West

LCBO Store #511, Clarence Square, 49 Spadina Avenue

LCBO Store #15, 232 Dupont Street

LCBO Store #411, 547 Yonge Street

LCBO Store #214, The Queensway

LCBO Store #149, The Kingsway