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New Drive-thru Convenience Store to Open in Idaho

SANDPOINT, Idaho -- Drive-through aficionados will soon have another business to frequent here with the opening of Express Lane, the area’s first convenience store catering solely to drive-thru customers, the Bonner County Daily Bee reported.

After learning of similar stores cropping up in Texas, the East Coast and a few Idaho communities, Adrian Cox, president of Sandpoint’s AGC Enterprises, decided he wanted to introduce the idea to Sandpoint residents.

"It’s just a newer concept that’s slowly evolving and catching on," he said.

Unlike traditional convenience stores, Express Lane will not have a parking lot or standard entrance, but will instead usher cars inside the building, where store employees will take orders, accept money and send drivers on their way out the other side. The store will primarily stock beverages—both alcoholic and non-alcoholic—and carry a small assortment of grocery items, such as eggs and bread.

"It’s all based on speed," Cox told the newspaper. "One of the reasons we’ll have a limited selection is to keep things moving fast. Everything is designed to be quick. We’ve got Internet-based credit card processing because it saves about 10 seconds on the transaction. Everything is made to be extremely fast."

Located at 214 Florence Ave., Express Lane will be open seven days per week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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