NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. -- Phase one of New York's reopening is underway. It includes retail curbside pickup. Marty Ruller didn't order online. He sat on a bench, outside the Sneaker Store, in New Hartford, and told the store employee what he wanted.
"Something a 67-year-old man would like, know what i mean?" Ruller asked the employee, who promptly returned with several choices.
Within about two to three minutes, sold.
"Know what? I think you picked a winner right off the bat," Ruller told the store worker.
Asked what he thought of this new, temporary, way of shopping, Ruller essentially said he's going to do what he has to do, to get what he needs.
"You have to adapt. It's about adapting. I mean, would you rather be sick?"
A similar scene at Dick Sonne's, in New Hartford, where customers sat in cars, waiting for bicycle tires and other accessories.
"You know, as long as I can get stuff done, I've got no problem with it", but I'd like to go inside. I'd buy stuff. But as long as we support our local businesses, it's great," said Rothdiener.
Employees log many more steps than they would if stores were open. But they happily made several trips from stores to cars.
Phase one of New York's opening got underway today. Regular retail is part of phase two. There are two weeks between phases.