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Amazon Restaurant Delivery Launches in Baltimore, Its First East Coast Stop

The news follows recent launches in Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles.

Jason Del Rey has been a business journalist for 15 years and has covered Amazon, Walmart, and the e-commerce industry for the last decade. He was a senior correspondent at Vox.

Amazon said last month that it planned to quickly expand its fledgling restaurant delivery service to cities around the country. It’s following through.

The company announced Thursday morning that this new delivery service is now available in Baltimore, the first East Coast city in the rollout that started with stops in Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles. The offering is launching with a selection of 60 restaurants across 10 zip codes.

The service is only available through Amazon Prime Now, a standalone mobile app that offers Prime members in 20 cities one-hour delivery on a limited selection of goods for $7.99 or a two-hour delivery for free. Food ordered through the restaurant delivery service is guaranteed within an hour, but will not carry a delivery fee for now, the unit’s general manager previously told Re/code.

Amazon’s restaurant selection pales in comparison to Baltimore startup OrderUp, which was recently acquired by Groupon, as well as industry giant GrubHub. But Amazon is betting that its offer of no delivery fee, for now, coupled with no add-on fees and the loyalty of Prime members will give it a shot to get a lot of people to try it at least once.

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