A new food delivery service called Waitr has arrived in Waco, and already has lined up 30 local restaurants it will deliver meals from.

Orders placed through the Waitr app are delivered for a flat fee of $5 each.

Founded in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Waitr has grown to more than 2,800 restaurant partners “and hundreds and thousands of users in more than 100 cities.” It has seen heavy growth in Gulf Coast states.

“From live monitoring of deliveries yielding faster door-to-door service, to the unique ability to provide full-color photography of every menu item from all participating restaurants, there are a number of things that make Waitr stand out among its competitors,” launch director Addison Killebrew wrote in a press release.

Customers pay with a credit card, and menu prices are the same on the app as they are in restaurants, founder Chris Meaux wrote in the press release.

Waitr hopes to hire 150 people before the end of the year, and drivers can apply at waitrapp.com/become-a-driver.

George’s, Buzzard Billy’s, Alpha Omega, Oh My Juice, Backyard and Katie’s Frozen Custard have already signed up to participate.

“Even more will be added in the coming weeks,” the company announced.

Bath, kitchen showroom

DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen, a brand owned by Doug Dwyer and franchised locally by Johnny Snyder, will open a design center at 4710 West Waco Drive. A ribbon-cutting sponsored by the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce is scheduled at 11 a.m. Wednesday, according to a press release..

DreamMaker plans to use the design center as a “testing location,” with the goal of finding new ways the franchise can serve clients, according to the press release.

"Since this is DreamMaker's hometown and headquarters, they're going to use the design center as a training facility, but it's also going to be a design center for my clients," Snyder said in a news release.

There are almost 40 DreamMaker franchises.

Chick-fil-A adds spice

Chick-fil-A is adding a little spice to its menu, and its restaurants in Waco are among those the chain will use as a testing ground.

Its new Spicy Chick-n-Strips will be available at Chick-fil-A locations at 901 S. Seventh St., 4310 Franklin Ave. and in Richland Mall at 6001 W. Waco Drive, the company reported in a press release.

Locations in South Texas and in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, also will offer the strips, while restaurants in Orlando, Florida, Knoxville, Tennessee, and St. Louis will be among the first to provide the new Grilled Spicy Deluxe Chicken Sandwich, the company reported.

Chick-fil-A said its research indicates 48 percent of consumers are interested in trying chicken entrees “with new or unique flavors,” and millennials especially crave spicy flavors.

Forbes’ richest Americans

Forbes magazine has released its annual list of the 400 richest Americans, and the billionaires that appear there have a combined total net worth of $2.7 trillion, up from $2.4 trillion in 2016.

Computer mogul Bill Gates tops the compilation for the 24th consecutive year, with a net worth of $89 billion. He is followed by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, businessman Warren Buffett, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Larry Ellison, the chief technology officer at Oracle.

President Donald Trump came in at No. 248, his net worth of $3.1 billion down $600 million “due to a weakening in the New York City retail and office real estate market as well as new information,” Forbes reported.

The richest person residing in Texas is also the richest woman in the world: Alice Walton, the only daughter of Walmart founder Sam Walton. She ranked 13th overall with her value of $38 billion and lives on a ranch in the small town of Millsap, west of Fort Worth, according to Forbes.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones ranked No. 95 overall, with an estimated value of $5.6 billion, Forbes reported.

Halloween spending

Halloween is approaching, and Americans will spend $9.1 billion celebrating the holiday, up from $8.4 billion last year, the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics are reporting.

Consumers are expected to spend an average $86.13 per household, up from last year’s $82.93, and 179 million Americans planning to partake in Halloween festivities, up from 171 million last year, according to the report.

Among those polled, 71 percent will hand out candy, 49 percent will decorate their home or yard, 48 percent will wear costumes, 46 percent will carve pumpkins, 35 percent will throw or attend a party, 31 percent will take their children trick-or-treating, 23 percent will visit a haunted house and 16 percent will dress pets in costumes.

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