Enter into a dream world with me. An idea has been turning over in my mind for a couple of years that I finally just fleshed out yesterday: a drive through grocery store.
It’s called “5 or less.” It’s for those times when all you need is milk, stamps, and diapers, but you don’t want to have to fool with heavy coats, unbuckling and unloading three kids, trying to get across the parking lot without your kids feeling the need to jump in the snow piles or the puddles, taking ten minutes to get everyone situated in the cart to their liking, and searching all over the store to find your three items. It’s for those times when the rain is pouring down and you just don’t want to get out of your car. It’s even for times that you need milk for breakfast cereal but you don’t want to take the time to get fully dressed and hair fixed first.
We have drive-thru’s for dinner, breakfast, banks, prescriptions, coffee, heck, even cigarettes. Why can’t we have them for stamps and diapers (the two items I find myself buying by themselves most often)?
So my husband and I fleshed this out. There would only be two doors in the building, one for shipping and receiving, and one for employees. You would not need as much space as a grocery store, because you could store everything much more compactly since only the employees will be using the shelves. You also wouldn’t need carts or multiple checkout aisles or lots of fancy marketing displays. For simplicity’s sake, you would only stock limited brands and sizes of each item, but hey, beggars can’t be choosy. If someone wants a specific brand and size, they can go to that other store and try to dodge the raindrops on their way in. You could have a window on each side so that you could serve two customers at once. The customer just pulls up to the window, gives you their list of 5 items or less, and off you go with your basket to fill their order. It’s up to you if you want to offer meats, frozen food, and produce. And hey, if someone has a larger list but they just really don’t want to get out of the van, they can just keep circling the building and get their things five at a time until their list is crossed off.
I have neither the capital or time necessary to open this store myself. But if someone else would please do it, I’m sure we would get to know each other quite well because I would be there all the time.