A mobile delivery app that did a soft launch last fall in parts of Acadiana is now available in the Lafayette and Lake Charles markets.

Brett McElwee, president and founder of Roadrunnerapp.com, announced the launch of the revised app Thursday evening that offers home delivery of any retail items, including restaurant orders.

The app, which can also deliver items such as groceries, medicines, legal documents, dry cleaning or even personal deliveries, will 300 drivers available within the two markets, said McElwee, a Ville Platte resident.

Customers will be charged per mileage, he said, with a $5 minimum charge that covers a 3-4 mile delivery. The rate is then staggered with the rate decreasing with more mileage. 

Retailers will not be charged and will not be asked to sign any service agreements. That's unlike Waitr, which charges restaurants 15% to 25% commission on every transaction, depending on how much food sales per month it does through the app.

“We are able to deliver our restaurant and retail partners’ products farther than our competitors’ boundaries and we’re able to do it free of charge to the business owners,” McElwee said. “Our business model is different than what is currently out there, and we think it’s a better opportunity for our business partners."

Initial rollout has allowed the company to become more efficient, he said, and offer updates on the app. The bulk of the deliveries have been restaurant orders, but drivers have also done some grocery deliveries. 

"We've gained great feedback from restaurants and other retails stores," he said. "We are also able to offer deliveries way outside of our competitors' boundaries. We've delivered food 20-30 miles. We also think pharmacy delivery has potential to be big for us. I also like the concept of personal deliveries." 

For restaurant orders, customers can place their orders directly with the restaurant but use the app for delivery, he said.

The app is available on the Google Play store on by visiting roadrunnerapp.com.

McElwee is also seeking investors to expand the company outside Louisiana and in underserviced areas across the United States.

Acadiana Business Today: Sip and shop wine stop Wild Child Wines to open Saturday downtown; Startup delivery service Roadrunnerapp.com now available in Lafayette, Lake Charles markets

Email Adam Daigle at adaigle@theadvocate.com.