It's being called the next generation supermarket, and on Wednesday people lined up to see if it meets the hype. Martin's in Waynesboro opened its doors for the first time Wednesday, but it wasn't the groceries intriguing the customers. It's a whole new way of grocery shopping, with state-of-the-art technology everywhere. The Martin's in Waynesboro is one of very few in the company that has all of the bells and whistles.
Nick Montepara, the Vice-President of Retail Operations says, "What we wanted to do was really come forward with a solution that has many different applications in one device."
That one device is an interactive touch screen called Simple Solutions. It allows you to locate an item within the store, print recipes, refill a prescription and even get acquainted with the management team.
"We shoot for more technology just to make it simpler and more pleasant shopping experience for everyone," notes store manager Matt Guch.
Easy shop allows customers to do it all, scan groceries, check prices and keep a running total. You can even bag the items in your cart, then upload the information at checkout, pay and go. It also calls for random cart checks to make sure people aren't taking things without paying for them.
Montepara comments, "What we are finding is that our customers like it because it controls how items get into a bag and how their able to take those items out of a bag when they get home to put it in their cupboards."
You can also save money on gas when you buy groceries. For every $100 you spend, you save 10 cents per gallon on Martin's gas.