Drive-thru grocery store opening soon in Olathe - KCTV5

Drive-thru grocery store opening soon in Olathe

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Owners of Zoomin Market, a drive-thru grocery store in Olathe, say they can cut grocery store shopping time down to just five minutes. Owners of Zoomin Market, a drive-thru grocery store in Olathe, say they can cut grocery store shopping time down to just five minutes.
OLATHE, KS (KCTV) -

A new way of getting grocery shopping done is coming to the metro, and it is all about convenience.

No more browsing through the aisles. No waiting in checkout lines. Shoppers won't even have to touch their grocery bags until they get home.

It's estimated that the average person spends 45 minutes in the grocery store each week. Think of all the other things people can get done in that amount of time.

And owners of Zoomin Market, a drive-thru grocery store, say they can cut that time down to just five minutes.

For Rebecca Bilderback, a mom of 2-year-old twin girls, getting groceries takes two hours out of her day and a lot of patience.

"It is never fun at the end when you have to pack the car in the end. The kids are always fussy when you have to do that," she said.

Now, she can kiss those days goodbye.

Construction is wrapping up on the new type of grocery store in Olathe. Zoomin Market will let people get your shopping done without stepping foot into the store.

"We're hoping you can sit on your couch and do your grocery shopping and then zip on through and be done in five minutes here," owner and founder John Yerkes said.

An email or text will alert shoppers when their groceries are ready for pickup. Then, they will be able to drive up and have their groceries loaded into their car.

The store's shelves will be stocked with big brand items typically found in stores as well as local organic goods.

"And one thing we really want to focus on is guaranteeing the freshness of that. We're going to have professionals from suppliers and daily deliveries," Yerkes said.

Still, it is not for everyone.

"People who have disabilities and may have a hard time getting around ... that might be a useful thing. Not sure if I would use that, but I really don't know down the future," Linda Dwyer said.

Bilderback is already picturing how it'll make life easier for her and her children.

"I can put the movie on in the back while someone loads my car with groceries. That sounds like a great idea," she said.

The idea has taken off in Europe and others are popping up in Washington, DC, Wisconsin and Houston. Even Walmart is experimenting with a drive-thru service at stores in Denver.

Zoomin Market is the first like it in the metro. The store plans to have their grand opening April 27.

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