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Deliveroo Has Shut Up Shop in Australia — Effective Immediately

The delivery company has announced that it's wrapping up its Australian operations, entering administration.
By Sarah Ward
November 17, 2022
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By Sarah Ward
November 17, 2022
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After seven years of bringing food to Australians' doors — and alcohol, kitchen and household products, and pop culture-themed board games in some places, too — Deliveroo has delivered a significant piece of news: it now no longer operates in the country.

Via a series of messages to customers, on social media and on its local website on Wednesday, November 16, the company announced that it was shutting its Aussie service effective immediately.

"Deliveroo no longer operates in Australia," the organisation's website now reads. "Deliveroo has taken the difficult decision to leave Australia. We have been proud to bring so many people amazing meals from Australia's great restaurants over the years," it continues.

The company is now in administration, with KordaMentha appointed to oversee the process.

 

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In its statements on social media, Deliveroo called the news a "sad announcement" and reiterated that it "has been a very difficult decision to make".

It also called out Australia's "amazing food" and "thousands of brilliant restaurants and riders". Obviously, the sudden shuttering will impact both considerably. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Deliveroo staff will receive compensation, and drivers who made a delivery in the past three months.

As a result of the closure, Deliveroo's app is now no longer accepting orders, leaving customers to use competing food-delivery services such as UberEats, Menulog and DoorDash.

Since opening in Australia in 2015, in efforts to stand out in a crowded market, Deliveroo has done everything from giving away burgers and Tim Tams, offering free delivery during lockdowns and slinging free fries based on vaccination levels through to even dropping off free Gelato Messina choc tops by boat.

For more information about Deliveroo ceasing operations in Australia, head to the service's website.

Published on November 17, 2022 by Sarah Ward
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