Vienna’s First Drive In Supermarkets

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Drive throughs are common among major food chains today. They’re very convenient as they allow customers to buy food without leaving their vehicles. 

Supermarkets are keeping up with this trend. Vienna, in fact, has just opened its drive in supermarkets courtesy of Billa. 

The city’s first two drive in supermarkets are located at Breitenleer StraBe 148 in the Donaustadt area and at the PerfekstraBe 106 in Bezirk Leising. Through these establishments, customers can first shop for their needs on the supermarket’s website and then pick them up at their preferred branch. Payment can be made via debit or credit card. 

After shopping online, the items are immediately prepared at the chosen store of the customer. They can then be picked up at the customer’s specified time. Special parking spaces have been designated for purposes of collecting the ordered items. 

People who ordered their good in the morning before 12 noon can pick up their items in the afternoon between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Austria’s supermarket chain Billa thought of offering this service in response to a high demand for alternative services in the supermarket. 

Drive throughs date back to the 1930s. It originated in the U.S. and later spread to other nations. 

Drive ins, however, are different in they allow cars to park next to each other instead of lining up. Servers are then the ones who deliver the food to the car window and the customer can choose to stay in his parked vehicle to eat. 


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