So…Sunday morning is for grocery shopping in our house. We have a pickup appointment in a few days at Walmart. Yes, they’re going crazy, already. We knew Trader Joe wouldn’t be open until 9AM…they had a sign up, last week, announcing the change for restocking time.
We arrived about 5 minutes before opening time. Crap! Parking lot full. The line to the entrance was about 2 blocks long. What can you do? We joined onto the end of the line. No one stood very close to the person ahead.
Once the door opened, the line moved a bunch – then stopped. After 10 minutes of nothing, we resumed moving, slow and steady. When we reached the entrance, we learned why. They were limiting the number of folks shopping to 50. Someone leaves, their cart is wiped down when returned. Back at the entrance, you were handed over to another already-shiny cart and allowed in.
Frankly, it worked smoothly. Shopping wasn’t any longer than usual. Got the TJ portion of our grocery list and out the door. And when I brought the cart back to the lineup, the important thing I noticed was that the line was holding at only several shoppers down to none. Next week, we’ll time it to arrive a hour later.
Attaboy, TJ! Feels like you got it right on.