DoorDash has launched DashMart, a new type of convenience store, available online that offers “thousands of convenience, grocery and restaurant items,” including ice cream, chips, cough medicine and dog food, the company announced Aug. 5.
San Francisco-based DoorDash said DashMart is a new channel for local businesses to reach customers online, transforming how merchant partners can sell their retail products. Some of its partnerships include national brands such as the Cheesecake Factory to sell their frozen slices and ice cream, as well as local restaurants such as Brother’s BBQ in Denver to sell their homemade barbecue sauces and Gibson’s in Chicago to sell its grilling rubs.
“Our mission is to connect customers to the best in their cities while helping any business on Main Street grow, and we hope to inspire even more local businesses—from restaurants and bakeries to artisanal shops and home goods retailers—to sell with us on DashMart,” Andrew Ladd, director of new verticals, said in a blog post announcing the new channel.
Owned, operated and curated by DoorDash, DashMart is currently available in eight cities: Chicago, Minneapolis, Columbus, Cincinnati, Dallas, Salt Lake City, the greater Phoenix area and Redwood City, Calif. Over the coming months, DashMart is slated to launch in more cities across the country including San Diego, Baltimore, Denver, Sacramento and Concord, Calif.
DashMart is not the first convenience-related initiative this year from DoorDash. In April, it launched the convenience category on DoorDash, with help from 7-Eleven, Walgreens, CVS, Wawa and more. Now DoorDash’s convenience category includes more than 2,500 c-stores across more than 1,100 cities nationwide.