Effective Thursday, March 19, Save-On-Foods will be making some changes, including setting aside the first hour of operation for seniors to shop while stores are less hectic. (File submitted)

Effective Thursday, March 19, Save-On-Foods will be making some changes, including setting aside the first hour of operation for seniors to shop while stores are less hectic. (File submitted)

Save-On-Foods to change operating hours in light of COVID-19

The chain will also allow seniors and other vulnerable populations to have an hour to themselves

Save-On-Foods has announced that it will be implementing new measures to better serve customers and support team members in response to the outbreak of Covid-19 that has gripped the province.

Save-On-Foods will be limiting operating hours and will be open from 8 a.m until 8 p.m. This will help with social distancing as well, while also giving the team at Save-On-foods additional time to clean and sanitize, restock the shelves and better serve customers.

The company announced on March 18 that beginning on March 19, they will be opening the stores from 7 a.m. until 8 a.m. for seniors, people with disabilities, immune-compromised people and those who are most vulnerable. This allows for a less hectic shopping environment and for these people to have access to freshly stocked shelves. it also helps practice social distancing.

Those who are able-bodied and are not vulnerable to the disease will be able to access the store starting at 8 a.m.

“It is not business as usual and my team of 21 000 staff have a big job to do as they work around the clock,” said Darrell Jones, president of Save-On-Foods, in a statement.

“As always, Save-On-Foods will continue to work hard to safeguard the health of our team members, our customers and our communities. We have never seen times as turbulent and as uncertain as these and we are so proud of the great work our teams are doing.”

Save-On will also be strictly enforcing limits on in-demand items and have said that prices will not be raised in light of the pandemic.

The company has also increased its fleet of delivery vans to keep up with the demand of online shopping. Customers are recommended to shop in store if they can by Save-On, as this allows for those who cannot get to the store to have full use of the online service.

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