Sandra Davisson, owner of The Trainstop Deli, said, “I think it’s great. We get a chance for the businesses to get a delivery service. ... We’re really excited. We’re telling everybody.”
Not deterred by bad weather
Customers are already tapping into the service. Leanne Torres and several other colleagues at the Excel Center recently happily received a Jack Rabbit delivery.
“It was fantastic. It was definitely a life saver,” said Torres. “We could not leave for lunch … It was great. We were able to use a credit card. It was easy to pay.”
After Jack Rabbit made a run to the mayor’s office, city spokeswoman Charlee Turner said she was impressed by the fast delivery. “It takes me longer when I go myself,” said Turner. “It’s a nice concept, really.” She suggested that providing such a service promotes growth downtown.
Orcutt said another advantage is the environmental impact, and he noted, “It just sort of ups the ante for safe roadways. It’s where we do business.”
Jack Rabbit Couriers will not be deterred by weather, with plans to run year-round. “The vast majority of the days around here are rideable,” said Orcutt. He conceded, “If it’s really bad, we’ll use a car.”
Cost of the service is 15 percent of the food order over a $5 minimum delivery fee. “It’s more affordable for group orders,” said Orcutt. When you factor in gas and time and tips for a lunchtime trip out, he noted, “It’s not anymore than you’d spend otherwise.”
The couriers are ready to roll, with bikes outfitted with racks and carriers. For those really big orders, there’s even a trailer. Tai Hoskins is a bicycle mechanic at Buckskin who is taking on the courier work, too. He’s excited about the new branch of the business.