California recently issued a "shelter in place" order to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. While many residents are practicing social distancing, necessary store runs make it difficult to keep a responsible proximity from others. A drive-thru grocery store is being tested in the state to help stop COVID-19.
Shoppers can pull up to a drive-thru window, look at a menu, and select their choices.
After guests make their payment, they can park in the lot and an attendant will come and deliver their purchase to their trunk.
By avoiding contact in the stores, Alex Hult, CEO of Flights Restaurant Group, hopes to help enforce social distancing and prevent the spread of the virus in the state.
Customers can pick up items such as milk, eggs, cheese, chicken, or a family-style meal box to-go. For orders over $100, a complimentary roll of toilet paper is included.
According to NBC Bay Area, some other restaurants, breweries, and coffee shops will offer their goods for sale too. The goal is to offer fresh produce and items that other grocery stores may likely be out of.
As they try to keep their doors open, the business has also partnered with others to raise $30,000 to help feed those in need.
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Hult came up with this idea after having to close five of his eateries and let 250 of his employees go for financial reasons.
He told ABC7 about the reasoning behind his no-touch grocery store idea.
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"The whole idea is to keep them working. We are not really making money doing this. We are doing this so that we can make sure that our families can feed their families."
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Shoppers can find the store located at 165 Los Gatos-Saratoga Rd. in Los Gatos. The drive-thru is open every day from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The no-touch store came after California Governor Gavin Newsom issued a stay at home order. Major chains, including Starbucks, decided to move their services to drive-thru only.