Dollar General creates senior hour amid COVID-19 concerns

In light of growing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic concerns, Dollar General stores in Navarre will hold a seniors shopping hour from 8 to 9 a.m. each day.

Starting Tuesday, stores “strongly encouraged” the first hour of opening to be dedicated solely to senior customers due to their heightened vulnerability to COVID-19 infection according to a corporate press release.

Dollar General will not officially turn customers away, but they are asking that the community cooperate in ensuring seniors can safely obtain the products they need in a healthy way.

All stores will also close an hour earlier to allow employees to thoroughly clean the store, especially common touch points, and restock shelves.

In a prepared statement, CEO Todd Vasos said the effort to make a dedicated senior shopping hour is in line with the company’s mission.

“We appreciate our customers’ understanding of our decision and request they visit our stores later in the morning to allow at-risk populations the ability to purchase the items they need at affordable prices,” he said.

Other grocery chains have announced adjusted hours to provide additional cleaning time. All Publix locations will close at 8 p.m. nightly until further notice. In a press release, the company indicated they will be using this time to perform additional cleaning and restocking due to coronavirus concerns.

Walmart and Walmart Neighborhood Market will close from 11 p.m. – 6 a.m. until further notice for the same reasons, and all Winn Dixie locations will close nightly at 9 p.m. until further notice. Winn Dixie’s self-serve delis are also closed.

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