TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa headquarters of the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida (GSWCF) is gearing up for a cookie season unlike any other.
"We're go-getters, innovators, risk-takers and leaders," says GSWCF CEO Mary Pat King. "The mood is perseverance!"
The annual rush on Thin Mints and Tagalongs was just wrapping up last year as the pandemic was descending on the world.
There will be definite changes in business this year.
The young ladies will operate in-person booths in front of Publix, Winn-Dixie and Walmart starting in February 12.
Since families can opt out of working booths depending on their comfort level, King anticipates fewer physical booths in the Tampa Bay area. When you see booths, you will notice socially distant Girl Scouts in protective wear with a focus on contactless sales.
Digital online "storefronts" are already up and running. Such faves as Do-Si-Dos and Samoas are now being shipped. Delivery will be contactless whenever possible.
Speaking of delivery, none other than GrubHub will also be getting in on the Girl Scout Cookies game. That launches on February 6.