The Dealmap, a company that aggregates local deals in three US cities, has been acquired by Google.
“We are impressed with what The Dealmap team has accomplished and excited to welcome them to Google,” a Google spokeswoman said in a statement.
“We’ve been thrilled with the early success of our commerce offerings, and we think they can help us build even better products and services for consumers and merchants,” she said.
Google is offering local bargains in New York, Portland and San Francisco in a challenge to online discount star Groupon and the Internet giant plans to expand Google Offers to Austin, Texas, Boston, Denver, Seattle and Washington.
The Dealmap, founded in May 2010, does not offer deals on its own but aggregates various local offers in one place. It grew to more than two million users during its first year.
“We believe Google provides the ideal platform to help us accelerate our growth and fulfill our mission,” The Dealmap said in a blog post.
“We’re passionate about helping people save money while having great local experiences, and in Google we’ve found the perfect partner that shares this passion, as well as our vision and strategy,” The Dealmap said.