New Puget Sound 2 Go food delivery service finding traction
After working for a delivery service in Seattle, Ryan Lindstrom simply asked: Why can’t we have something like this in Thurston County?
And so an idea for a business was born, which led Lindstrom to My Town 2 Go, a Topeka, Kansas, business that connects restaurants with customers by delivering meals to them using a smartphone app or website.
Using the same technology, Lindstrom, 37, named his business Puget Sound 2 Go and it got off the ground Aug. 1. In the 45 days since that launch, the business has grown to serve about 30 restaurants, and he has six drivers, with plans to add more restaurants and drivers. The drivers work as independent contractors, which is similar to the ride-hailing service Uber, Lindstrom said.
“We just do food now,” he said, “but we would like to grow to grocery and convenience stores.”
Deliveries currently are made in Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater, with plans to expand next to Yelm and then to Pierce County.
Forrey’s Forza Coffee, Miss Moffet’s Mystical Cupcakes, Pellegrino’s, Ricardo’s, Our Table and Eastside Big Tom are among the restaurants that have agreed to use the service to deliver coffee, cupcakes or meals to customers.
Here’s how it works: A customer, using either the smart phone app or the website, places an order for food. The Puget Sound 2 Go driver is dispatched to pick up the food and deliver it. The delivery range is capped at 10 miles, he said. The business charges a $4.99 fee for a trip within 5 miles, but after that it’s 75 cents per mile up to 10 miles. The business operates 7 a.m.-10 p.m., seven days a week, and so far has been busiest during the dinner hour. The business also makes money on a percentage of the sale.
Popular deliveries so far have been teriyaki dishes and sushi, as well as cupcakes, he said.
There’s more to come: Lindstrom plans to fill positions for dispatcher and data entry, and get his drivers outfitted with shirts and car magnets for their vehicles. So far, time from order to delivery, has been completed in under one hour, and the fastest delivery has been 35 minutes.
At the end of the month, Puget Sound 2 Go is working with the city of Lacey to collect nonperishable items for the Thurston County Food Bank, Lindstrom said.
“I’ve always been a technology guy,” Lindstrom said.
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Puget Sound 2 Go
Owners: Ryan Lindstrom and a silent partner.
Type of business: Delivery service for local restaurants.
Years in business: New. Opened Aug. 1.
Online: Orders can be placed at pugetsound2go.com or learn more about the business on Facebook.
Hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.
Did you know? Ryan’s father, Bill, used to be a sportswriter for The Olympian in the 1970s.