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Uber Sets Out to Disrupt D.C. Corner Stores

Uber isn't stopping at taxis: The app-based ride share company now wants to disrupt D.C.'s corner stores.

The company announced the launch of Uber Corner Store today—a service that will deliver toiletries and candy to people, items that many D.C. residents can easily find at the corner store right next to their homes. (But why walk down the block and interact with neighbors when you can do it all on your phone?)

The new service is currently in its experimental phase and, for now, will only run for a few weeks. It is currently only delivering to a small swath of D.C., mostly in Northwest.

A spokesman for Uber wouldn't say where exactly the company was purchasing these items, but says it's "working with a variety of logistics providers to deliver the items and have sourced them from various retail stores in the area." There is no fee, but Uber has its own prices for the items. Uber didn't immediately answer questions as to how the prices are set. Here's a catalog of the more than 100 items the service is willing to deliver to you.

"This limited-time-only experiment will run for a few weeks—but the more you love it, the more likely it will last," Uber wrote on its blog.

To test out the new service, just go to the standard Uber app and select the corner store option. The services is only available from Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

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