Nothing screams “America” quite like a good old fashioned buffet. A glorious smorgasbord of culinary delights, as much food as one could possibly want, all for one typically affordable price, and a true memorial to the distinctly American brand of gluttonous consumerism. Many immigrants to the United States gravitated to buffets like the late Souplantation and Sizzler for this very reason: they provide a little taste of the quintessential American experience in every overflowing plate, a taste of that ever elusive ‘American Dream.’
So what is a Flex Format store? They’re smaller Target stores carrying just a fraction of the products of full-line locations, with selections individually tailored to fit the specific needs of the surrounding community. Most include a CVS-branded pharmacy, an order pickup area, customer service, and a Starbucks-branded cafe. Clocking in at just 12,000 square feet, the Berkeley Shattuck location in particular is just 8% of the size of your average 145,000-square-foot Target store. The Shattuck location is one of the smallest in the chain, with typical Flex Format locations ranging from 25,000 to 40,000 square feet. Target seems to be heavily leaning into the Flex Format idea, as nearly all of its store openings planned for the next few years fall within the concept parameters.
If you are someone who even just occasionally uses Rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft, then you’ve probably noticed how expensive these services are starting to become, even for short trips and with options like “Lyft shared” or “Uber Pool.” Here’s an estimate for the Uber and Lyft pricing for an actual trip I recently made, for around 2 miles worth of total travel.