Dear Editrix: I hear there is going to be a lot of new construction at Five Corners in Scarsdale.
It’s possible. It seems the area is ripe for development.
The idea of building a condo and parking deck in the parking lot of Bistro Citron has been shelved for the time being, but now the Planning Board is considering allowing a two story retail building with underground parking where the Citgo station is, diagonally across from Citron, next to Balducci’s. The meeting will be Wednesday, August 5 at 8pm and public comment is invited.
So I walk into the Super Stop and Shop in New Rochelle and a clerk hands me a hand-held scanner and a couple of environmentally unfriendly shopping bags. "Try it!, " he offers. "You’ll be out of here in no time!"
The problem is, it took me twice as long to shop with that thing and I had no idea what to do when I got to the register. (I Shopped, and I Stopped!) Are they going completely digital and getting rid of the check out people?
–Meet me in Aisle 6
Apparently, we are one of the last markets in the country to get the hand-held scanners…which allow Stop and Shop customers everywhere else to scan and bag as they shop and keep a running total of what they spend. (You have to have a S/S card and scan that first) Then there’s that annoying "ka-ching!" sound every once in a while that signals a special deal. 50 cents off Fruit Loops anyone?
When you check out, you point the scanning gun on a code at the register and up pops the total. If you do it right, and you’ve put your stuff in the bags already, one swipe of a credit card and you’re done. No human being required.
(Except for the one who has to stand there and help you figure out what to do.)