11/16: Updated below! Success!
For the third time in as many weeks, Key Food on Avenue A at Fourth Street will close overnight (tonight, in this case) for "system updates."
Unfortunately, in the previous two overnight attempts, the updates were the same: unsuccessful.
This, we're told, is part of a sweeping change to ALL self-serve stations and point-of-sale systems at Key Food stores in the tri-state area.
Per one Key Food source, as reported by EVG correspondent Stacie Joy:
This attempt may or may not go according to schedule! There have been snafus in trying to do this. The system upgrade will require people to use the new Key cards, so if you have an old card and have not entered your information at the management booth up front (email address and zip code being primary on the list of required info) your card will no longer work after the update.
The update will also provide an app for people to download on their cellphones, so they can scan the upc code of an item and find the sale price. You will not be able to pay for anything using the app though.
The systems at this Key Food are ancient and resistant to system upgrades. I have been told that people have been complaining about lack of pricing info and sale prices not being accurately reflected at checkout. I was also told that if the people who shop at Key Food do not like the new system they should complain to the owners.Meanwhile, Key regulars have noted subtle changes at this Avenue A mainstay.
For instance, there are now QR codes posted on the Coca-Cola shelves... asking pertinent questions such as, "Best Coke Ever?" (in reference to Coke Zero Sugar)...