From The Archives: 1993 Grocery Store TVs

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Grocery store lines are always evolving.

Local consumers are grousing about the rising number of stores that are forcing us over to self-checkout.

But 30 years ago, they were just trying to keep us engaged while we waited for a cashier.

Food Lion made a deal with CNN to create the Checkout Channel.

They installed small TV monitors in their checkout lines for customers as they wait on a cashier.

It was really just a modern version of the old ploy of putting tabloid newspapers in the line to keep you occupied.

But 30 years later, the tabloids are still there, while the TV network is long gone.

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