At a time when lines wrapped around supermarkets have become a staple of TV news coverage about the coronavirus pandemic, these limited operations offer customers the ability to pick up a few staples while following recommendations about social distancing. No, they may not have a two dozen types of cereal or an entire aisle devoted to bottled water, but they can offer people fresh produce, cleaning products, and a limited selection of paper goods. If customers want to pick up some prepared food to-go, even better.
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The other potential benefit of shopping this way is that consumers get access to restaurant-quality ingredients that aren't always easy to obtain in a traditional retail setting. Meat from 44 Farms, speciality produce that's only typically available at a farmers market, and boutique cheeses can all be had by shopping in a dining room.
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