Tulsa Gas Station Offers Drive-Thru Service In Effort to Slow COVID-19 Spread

Tuesday, September 8th 2020, 5:30 pm
By: Amy Slanchik

A Tulsa gas station is offering a drive-thru service to give people an option other than coming in the store. The goal is to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

The owner of Perfect Food and Gas at 15th and Harvard said he considered putting in a new car wash but decided instead to put in a drive-thru as an alternative for people who don't want to step inside during the pandemic. 

Manager Melissa Jones said, "Expo Square is back open and people are just moving around more.”

Jones said the store took a hard hit earlier in the pandemic, but things are picking back up. The store encourages social distancing and provides hand sanitizer. Now, employees are hoping customers will start taking advantage of the new drive-thru.

 "A lot of people keep asking when it’s going to open and it's actually already open and going,” Jones said.  

Andrew McGuire went through the drive-thru Tuesday to pick up a drink and some candy. 

"I come here a lot and have a great experience with the staff here,” McGuire said. 

For McGuire convenience is key and coming in contact with fewer people is an added bonus. 

"Less exposure, plus they get everything for you. So, I think that's a great thing,” said McGuire.

The store just started using the drive-thru on Sunday. Jones said employees will bring customers anything inside the store: chips, candy, even wine and beer.

"I think once it actually, people start actually coming through, I think it'll bring in more business. And if they can get in and out quickly, I think it'll be beneficial to them,” she said. 

The store plans to offer hot meals from the drive-thru sometime soon.