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With coronavirus a focus, here’s why Danbury made an exception for a drive-thru business

DANBURY – Drive-thru windows were a convenience well before the coronavirus crisis made it complicated to leave the car and walk into the store.

Today, drive-thru windows are likely more popular than ever as workers try to keep their social distance from customers while still doing business in the era of COVID-19.

But when a downtown pharmacy saw office space open up that had a drive-thru window, there was a problem. Danbury doesn’t allow drive-thru windows for restaurants or retail stores in the heart of the Main Street corridor, in what’s known as the central business district.

“We don’t want to open the door for a lot of fast food restaurants,” said Danbury Zoning Enforcement Officer Sean Hearty.

So Main Street Pharmacy applied for special permission to the Zoning Board of Appeals, promising to use the drive-thru window only for prescriptions and medications.

File photo - Dr. Jack Yeung, left, and Dr. Jean Jacob, right, at the grand opening of Main Street Pharmacy, on Sunday, March 7, 2010.

The ZBA agreed in August, clearing the

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Lake Elsinore Drive-Thru Business Shows Another Side Of COVID-19

LAKE ELSINORE, CA — While there are many businesses losing amid the coronavirus, lucrative deals have also been underway, including one in Lake Elsinore, which people associated with the transaction say shows the popularity these days of drive-thru buildings.

A 3,200-square-foot pad building at Lake Elsinore Marketplace that is currently leased by Starbucks sold Sept. 10 for $3,765,000.

Built in 2005 on .49 acres and renovated in 2020, Hanley Investment Group Real Estate Advisors represented the seller (Irvine-based Pacific Castle), while KW Premier Properties in Phillips Ranch represented the private investor from West Covina.

Despite its collision with COVID-19, the deal on the 29285 Central Avenue site wasn’t derailed, according to Hanley Investment Group Executive Vice President Kevin Fryman, who was part of the transaction.

Escrow opened on the property prior to Starbucks opening for business and before a formal rent agreement was inked, Fryman said.

“Despite the transaction being

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Employers Wanted For Central Jersey Drive-Thru Job Fair

LINCROFT, NJ – In collaboration with Middlesex and Ocean counties, the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Workforce Development have announced the first-ever Central Jersey “Drive Thru Job Fair” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15 in the Brookdale Community College, 765 Newman Spring Road.

The Workforce Development Board is currently seeking employers to register for the event. There is no cost to participate for both employers and jobseekers.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, participating employers do not attend in-person. No employers will have tables or be onsite for this job fair. Employers must submit 750 copies of a one-page flyer listing job opportunities to Monmouth County Workforce Development, 17 Christopher Way, Eatontown, by 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 5.

“Since mid-March of this year, more than 93,000 residents have filed for unemployment in Monmouth County alone due to the health pandemic,” said Freeholder Patrick

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AI company wins Mastercard partnership to make drive-thru orders even faster

Rekor also uses the image recognition platform to help police departments manage “hot lists” of stolen and uninsured cars.


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Rekor Systems, a new artificial intelligence company, is modernizing automatic license plate recognition to do everything from charge tolls to customize drive-thru menus to spot stolen cars.

Rekor’s newest partner is Mastercard in a project to help fast-food companies increase customer loyalty and make the just-in-time food prep process even more efficient.

Mastercard is launching pilot projects with Circle K, Dunkin’ and White Castle that uses Rekor’s licence plate recognition technology and SoundHound’s voice-recognition software. This AI-powered drive-thru system uses vehicle recognition and voice ordering to personalize the ordering experience for repeat customers and to create more touchless order options.

Rekor’s ALPR system will watch for a customer’s car to enter the parking lot and alert the restaurant when the customer arrives. This could trigger a menu display that

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