November 28, 2000
High-tech supermarkets to offer carwashes Tuesday, November 28, 2000
AMERICAN FORK, UT - Carwashes and gasoline are just some of the services to be offered at a chain of high-tech, automated supermarkets to open in Utah and Pennsylvania beginning in the spring of 2001.
International Automated Systems (OTC BB:IAUS), plans to open 10 U-Check Supermarkets in Pennsylvania featuring 24-hour service, fully-automated checkout lanes and IAS's automated transaction gates. The stores are designed to reduce traditional labor costs by as much as 85 percent and ensure that customers never need to wait in line.
In addition to groceries, customers will be able to purchase gasoline and carwashes from the automated checkout lanes. Gasoline pumps and automatic carwashes will be owned by IAS and located on site.
IAS has acquired 6.5 acres for a flagship store in Washington County, Utah and has contracted for 10 additional stores in Pennsylvania at an estimated cost of $35-$45 million. The company expects to break ground during the first quarter of 2001.
Randy Johnson of IAS said the company plans to break ground on its first stores in the first three months of 2001 and expects them to be completed within four months. The company also is looking at other potential sites for its high-tech supermarkets.