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WebVan Problems

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WebVan is closing yet another market—the one where I live. Here’s the email I received from them today.

"Dear ADAM KALSEY: I want to personally inform you of a difficult decision we have had to make regarding Webvan’s service in the Sacramento Area. Effective Saturday, April 28, Webvan will discontinue service in the Sacramento Area. We will make all deliveries scheduled through Friday, April 27, but we will not accept the scheduling of any new deliveries after this date. We realize that you may have come to rely upon Webvan’s delivery of your groceries and other essential items, and we regret the inconvenience that our decision may cause you. We appreciate the support that valued customers like you have given to Webvan. Unfortunately, the current demand for our service in the Sacramento Area does not justify continuing deliveries in your area at this time. We hope to be able to serve you again in the future. Sincerely, Matt Mahood Vice President/General Manager Webvan - No. California"

That’s too bad, I enjoyed ordering from WebVan on occaision.

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