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September 26, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Kozmo.com returning? Does Seattle even need it?

Kozmo order c. 2000 in an AP file photo/Tina Fineberg

Kozmo order c. 2000 in an AP file photo/Tina Fineberg

Seattleites of a certain age (say, 30+) remember the luxury of having pints of Ben & Jerry’s delivered to their doors by Kozmo.com. The dot-com bicycle delivery company died in 2001 and the kinder eulogies refer to it as “the epitome of a money-bleeding start-up.” Now, it could be coming back. In what’s being called “either a sickening hoax or a true sign of end times,” a new Kozmo web page says the company is “re-launching soon with the vision to fulfill your online order incredibly fast and on-demand.”

A scramble for more information on plans for the “iconic brand” have, so far, yielded nothing. I’m wondering if there’s even a place for Kozmo in a city like Seattle anymore.

It already felt pretty decadently Kozmo-like the other day when Amazon Fresh dropped off a pound of sliced turkey from DeLaurenti at my front door, along with leek-horseradish sauerkraut from Midori Farm c/o Marx Foods and pickled eggs from Samurai Noodle, not to mention a gallon of milk, a bunch of bananas, and a box of Whiskas Choice Cuts for cats. (I had the will power to resist the Top Pot doughnuts.) The restaurant items generally require a day’s advance notice, but groceries like the notorious Ben & Jerry’s pint are often available for same-day service. If I wanted it immediately, Postmates, which has spent a fair amount of time explaining why it should not implode as fabulously as Kozmo, would probably have it covered. (Beyond the ice cream, Kozmo was known for dropping off DVDs — but with streaming video, that doesn’t seem like a big business market either.) If I can handle a once-a-week delivery date, Full Circle has doorstop delivery of local groceries like Skagit River Ranch bacon and Fresh Breeze milk along with fresh produce, and Spud will drop off Macrina coffeecakes and Link Lab sausages.

It’s not the same as delivery within the hour, but unless I’m ordering a soufflé, it’s got me covered.

Would you use a renewed Kozmo?

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