The pandemic has changed the way we shop, perhaps forever, as people have started to realize that home delivery isn’t just safe, it’s also easy and convenient.

San Francisco-based food ordering and delivery platform DoorDash is one of the biggest players in the business — and has chosen Pittsburgh to expand its engineering team.

“The DoorDash engineering team is expanding quickly, and we’re looking forward to leveraging the technical talent in the area,” says Brian Bailey, an engineering manager at DoorDash. “Our new Pittsburgh team will be focused on core platform technologies that drive our delivery logistics platform and solve some of our team’s largest distributed systems challenges.”

The new Pittsburgh office is expected to open early next year with 50 employees added by next summer.

By now, this is a familiar story — to get a better shot at the talent coming out of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, tech firms from Google to Zoom are opening operations in Pittsburgh.

There are other factors, like the cost of living (which has continued to skyrocket in San Francisco and Silicon Valley), and the established presence of other tech firms in Pittsburgh.

Photo courtesy of DoorDash.

DoorDash is available in more than 7,000 cities across the U.S., Canada, Australia and Japan.

“DoorDash has provided invaluable service to the residents, businesses and economy of the City of Pittsburgh through the delivery of local products to local people and families as well as providing $150,000 in grants to local restaurants earlier this year to help them get through the pressures of the pandemic,” says Mayor Bill Peduto in a statement welcoming the company to “Pittsburgh’s innovation economy.”