DESIGNATE FIRST HOUR OF BUSINESS FOR SENIOR CITIZENS, DISABLED AT-RISK INDIVIDUALS
CORPORATE EXECUTIVES OF BOTH RETAIL GROCERY STORE CHAINS ORDER ALL STORES NEW BUSINESS HOURS FOR INDEFINITE PERIOD; JOINING WALMART IN THE MAJOR CHANGES DUE TO COVID-19 CRISIS
MARCH 20, 2020 – written by WADE QUEEN
LOUISA FOOD CITY. FORT GAY, WEST VIRGINIA DOLLAR GENERAL.
Two more large retail grocery store chains who have a local presence have joined alongside the Wal-Mart company in the major changing of their operations due to the across the nation corona virus pandemic
Grocery company Food City has joined Dollar General stores with all their stores with a change in the hours they are open, as well. Both are designating opening hour for senior citizen shoppers.
This includes the Food City in Louisa, and also the two Dollar General stores in Louisa and the new Dollar General store across the river in Fort Gay, West Virginia.
In a statement release earlier this week on the company’s official Facebook page, Food City announced new operating hours amid the corona virus COVID-19 pandemic. According to the statement, all their stores will now operate between the hours of 7 A.M. and 10 P.M. daily.
The Food City company is also inviting customers 65 years old and older, along with other at-risk shoppers, to shop in its stores between 7 A.M. and 8 A.M. in order to avoid busier shopping periods.
Food City says the change is temporary and will provide associates additional time to restock and sanitize its stores.
Meanwhile. the Dollar General company announced this past Monday that they would also be implementing new changes to their daily operations by dedicating the first hour of opening to senior citizens only.
Most Dollar General stores (and along all other brands of grocery and supply businesses) throughout the nation have been left with empty shelves as shoppers are buying in bulk to prepare in case they become isolated for a long period of time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Beginning on this past Tuesday, March 17th. Dollar General strongly encouraged that the first hour of operations each day be dedicated solely to the shopping needs of senior customers, who are one of the groups most vulnerable to the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Dollar General says that they want to provide at-risk customers with the ability to purchase the items they need and want at the beginning of each day to avoid busier and more crowded shopping periods.
Executive officials of the Dollar General company stated in their press release that other customers plan their shopping trips around this time frame allotted for senior citizens and allow those customers in our communities the ability to shop during the first hour that stores are open.
Dollar General stores will continue with their current opening hours but will close one hour early to allow employees time to clean and restock store shelves, as well as for their own health and well-being.