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Uber expands food delivery in Pa.Service still not available in the midstate

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Uber drivers in State College will soon be carting around more than university students and football fans.

The company known for its ride-hailing service rolled out its standalone UberEats app to State College this week, letting users order delivery from more than two dozen restaurants through their cellphones.

State College, perhaps best known as home to Pennsylvania State University, joins Philadelphia and Pittsburgh as the third place in Pennsylvania where hungry smartphone users can order food through UberEats.

UberEats has no immediate plans to expand to the midstate, a spokesman said via email, but hopes to "one day cover as much of Pennsylvania as we possibly can."

The company seems for now to be focusing on more densely populated locales as it expands availability of UberEats. Penn State's University Park campus in State College serves 46,000 students alone. 

Uber unveiled UberEats in late 2015 in Toronto. The service is now available in more than 120 markets throughout the world and has proven one of Uber's more consistently profitable offerings, according to a recent report from the New York Times.

UberEats competes against the likes of Grubhub, which is available in Harrisburg, and Amazon, which has experimented with its own food delivery services in certain markets. Grocery stores have also worked to get in on the food delivery game with the help of companies like Instacart, which recently started serving the Harrisburg and Carlisle areas.

Uber hopes to stand out in the crowded delivery field by leveraging its existing network of more than 2 million drivers, according to the New York Times.

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Jennifer Wentz

Jennifer Wentz

Jennifer Wentz covers Lancaster County, York County, financial services, taxation and legal services. Have a tip or question for her? Email her at jwentz@cpbj.com. Follow her on Twitter, @jenni_wentz.

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