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Drive-thru coffee shop selling groceries

Alice Keefe
Created: March 31, 2020 06:34 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Lumen Coffee owner Bryce Fogelson knows he’s pretty lucky to have a drive-thru coffee shop, but even he has seen a drop in business over the last couple weeks.

“The habits for a lot of people seem to be drop your kids off at school, then probably go run errands so we would see some traffic in the morning after that period of time and that seems to have changed a bit,” Fogleson said.

Lumen has a lot of older customers, too, many of whom have been staying home.

“We miss our little morning talks,” said manager Taylor Wiesner, “it’s nice to get to know everybody in the community.”

“I do feel fortunate that we’re a drive-thru and we can still offer, I mean, one of the relatively lowest risk ways to buy the things that people need right now, and that was what kind of naturally led into the Lumen Pantry item offering,” Fogelson said.

The Lumen Pantry launched two weeks ago, giving people the option to buy a few staples without leaving their car, which Wiesner said has been quite popular.

“I loved adding the pantry to our menu. My grandparents use it almost every day to get milk, eggs, butter, whatever they need, so they don’t have to go out and risk their health right now,” she said.

For Fogelson, adding the grocery items just made sense. 

“I grew up in a grocery store. My dad owned the grocery store in Byron so I always kind of noticed what people buy, when they buy, the reasons they come to the grocery store for, and so I wanted to offer some of those items that people might be able to get quickly that they don’t need to go and spend 20 minutes inside with a lot of other people,” he said.

The pantry is a modest offering of bananas, butter, bread, milk, eggs, and coffee, but Fogelson said he’s open to adding more items.
If there are items you would like to see offered at the pantry, Fogelson said they’re open to suggestions. 

You can get more information and reach out to Lumen Coffee via their website.

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