Waitr Inc. Brings Meals to Your Door in Florence

by Ardie Arvidson

Waitr Inc. has grown since it launched in Louisiana in 2013. Now it is in more than 15 states serving 235 citiies, including Florence.

Waitr Inc. representatives joined ambassadors from the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce on June 13 to celebrate its chamber membership with a ribbon cutting at the chamber office in downtown Florence.

Waitr Inc. was started by Chris Meaux. The first market launch was in Lake Charles, Louisiana, in 2015, said Kimberly Davis, city manager with Waitr.

Davis said the Florence market was launched on Feb. 4. She said the service is simple. A customer goes to the app andselects a restaurant and items from the menu. Waitr places the restaurant order, picks it up and delivers it to the customer.

The Waitr app lets you order food in the Florence-Darlington area and have it delivered to your doorstep for a fee of $5.

“We have 80 restaurants on our app, which you can see a full list on the Waitr app or online at Waitrapp.com,” Davis said. “We have over 50 drivers on our team and look to hire more.”

Drivers must be 18 years old with a valid driver’s license that shows insurance coverage to drive the car, and must pass a background check.

Davis is based in Florence. She oversees field operations, hires and manages the driver team and monitors delivery times.

The team includes Misty Schiltz, the mobile restaurant success manager. She oversees restaurant operations, installs Waitr equipment in restaurants, manages restaurant menus and visits all restaurant partners. The business development manager is Jason Hill. He oversees the acquisition of new restaurants. The brand ambassador is Lindsey Davis. She oversees marketing needs and opportunities, supplies restaurants, hotels and businesses with promotional materials, visits restaurant partners and community planners to plan and execute all marketing events.

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