Dollar General stores, others set specific hours for older shoppers for their protection

As the country adjusts to the new normal - social distancing, shelter in place, essential stores only - stores around the U.S. and the globe are taking extra steps to help the elderly population who are the most vulnerable to severe or fatal infection from the coronavirus. Dollar General, the fastest growing retail in the US, is one such retailer, adjusting hours and operations to better serve the communities they are in (according to the CEO 75% of Americans live within 5 miles of a DG).

"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," a company statement said. "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 will have to plan around this window. Store hours are also closing one hour earlier to protect their employees and allow them to clean and re-stock store shelves.

Target, Safeway, and Walmart are also among those ensuring the most at risk have some extra time before the mayhem of regular store hours.


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