No Food, No Ferry, No Problem!

by Shelli

Let’s be honest. We’ve all asked a friend who’s on their way to Costco to please pick us up a few things, right? I just did that earlier today. But my request didn’t come close to asking my friend to do what this shopping hero from Gustavus, Alaska does. This grocer is a real Alaska town hero!

I’ve been to small towns in Alaska. I’ve also lived in small out-of-the-way towns. But not during this time of COVID-19 when grocery store supply chains have been heavily impacted. And if you asked me where the world’s most remote Costco warehouse is, I wouldn’t have had a clue. Now, I do!

The Story Of My Alaska Shopping Hero

Shopping hero Toshua Parker went to the most remote Costco in the world and spent $20,000 on behalf of his 446 neighbors. And the shopping expedition only took him 14 hours roundtrip 🙂

Alaska town grocer hero

Image : NPS.gov

Fourteen hours and a Costco card is what it takes to keep Parker’s shop, affectionately called ToshCo, well stocked.

Under “normal” circumstances, the ferry system serving this remote Alaskan town would suffice for getting to and from Costco. But ferry services have stalled, partly due to coronavirus-related stoppages. Parker and his dedicated employees found a workaround.

Final Thoughts

By now, almost 8 weeks post shelter-in-place orders, most of us have shopping stories to share. This story reminds me of a television show from back in the day called Northern Exposure. Then again, truth can be stranger than fiction, for sure. This guy, Toshua Parker, is my shopping hero! Please don’t tell that to my friend who did a Costco run for me this morning 🙂

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