Area stores create special shopping time for senior citizens only

Dollar General Corporation announced plans to dedicate the first hour of each shopping day to senior shoppers, as well as amend store operating hours beginning March 17.

Senior Hour Encouragement

Dollar General is strongly encouraging that the first hour of operations each day be dedicated solely for the shopping needs of senior customers, who are one of the groups most vulnerable to the COVID-19 coronavirus. In keeping with the Company’s mission of Serving Others, Dollar General wants to provide these 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. 

“Other customers are encouraged to plan their shopping trips around this window of time to allow the most susceptible customers in our communities the ability to shop during the first hour that stores are open,” the company said in a press release.

Store Hour Adjustments

Additionally, all stores plan to close one hour earlier than current close times to allow employees to clean and re-stock store shelves, as well as for their health and wellbeing.  Stores will continue to maintain current opening hours. 

Dollar General reports that it remains committed to providing customers and employees with a safe, clean and pleasant shopping environment at all stores and seeks for customers to feel confident when shopping its stores.

“In keeping with our mission and our ongoing commitment to serve our communities, we are dedicating the first hour of each day to seniors,” CEO Todd Vasos said. “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 price.

“During these unprecedented times, Dollar General is diligently working to meet the ongoing needs of our customers and communities. We are proud to live our mission and provide customers with everyday low prices on the household essentials that are used and replenished most often.”

 THE FRESH MARKET

 Gainesville grocery store The Fresh Market has designated special shopping hours for seniors! According to the grocery store chain’s Twitter page, reserved shopping hours will be for seniors and those most at risk. The shopping hour will be from 8 a.m. till 9 a.m. Monday through Friday.

 TARGET

 Target’s more than 1,800 stores nationwide will “reserve the first hour of shopping each Wednesday at stores nationwide for vulnerable guests,” the company said, adding it is “encouraging other guests to plan their shopping trips around this timeframe.” 

WHOLE FOODS MARKET

 Starting March 17, all Whole Foods Market stores in the U.S. and Canada will let customers who are 60 and older shop one hour before opening to the public.

“To Our Valued Guests: To best serve our community, we have designated special shopping hours. Stores will continue to operate under regular business hours. We look forward to continuing to serve you.”

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