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Market Basket joins list of grocery stores modifying hours amid coronavirus crisis

FROM THE MARKET BASKET IN CHELSEA WITH HOW IT’S WORKING IN –>> EVEN WITH THE EARLY START SOME ITEMS WERE SOLD OUT. BEFORE THE MARKET BASKET SIGN LIT UP –>> I COME EARLY. MATT: FRANK’S CAR SAT IN THIS PARKING LOT. THE 82-YEAR-OLD ON A MISSION TO FIND DISINFECTING WIPES FOR HIS WIFE FRANCIS.>> WHEN I LEAVE HERE I GO TO ANOTHER PLACE. TO SEE IF THEY HAVE THEM. IF THEY DON’T HAVE THEM I TRY ANOTHER PLACE. I DO ABOUT THREE IN THE MORNING. MATT: FRANK, ONE OF THE MANY CUSTOMERS LOOKING TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF MARKET BASKET OPENING DOORS EARLY FOR SHOPPERS 60 AND OLDER TO FIND ITEMS THAT HAVE BEEN ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO BUY.>> NO TOILET PAPER NO PAPER TOWELS. MATT:MATT: A SIMILAR SITUATION AND QUINCY HAD SENIORS LINED UP OUTSIDE THIS STOP & SHOP BEFORE THE DOORS OPEN.>> WE WANTED TO GIVE THEM TIME TO SHOP BEFORE OTHER CUSTOMERS ENTER WHERE THEY COULD BETTER PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING BECAUSE WE ARE SEEING CROWDS THROUGHOUT THE DAY. MATT: THEIR EARLY START ALLOWING SOME TO STRIKE IT BIG WHILE OTHERS LEFT LOOKING.>> I’VE GOT MY WATERMELON.>> I CAME TO GET CELERY SO I CAN MAKE CHICKEN SOUP. MATT: INCLUDING FRANK WHO COULD NOT GET WIPES FOR FRANCIS FOR A FOURTH DAY IN A ROW BUT IS STAYING POSITIVE.>> SOME SPRAY CLEANER, SOME BANANAS, SOME CREAM. THAT’S IT. I HAVE TO SMILE I’VE GOT TO STAY STRONG, BROTHER. I HAVE TO STAY STRONG

Market Basket joins list of grocery stores modifying hours amid coronavirus crisis

Modified schedule begins Monday

Market Basket is the latest Massachusetts grocery store chain to adjust its business hours during the coronavirus crisis. Effective Monday, Market Basket stores will open to the general public at 7 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. daily. Company officials said senior shopping hours will continue between 5:30 and 7 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. “The adjusted closing hour of 6PM is to provide our hard working associates the opportunity to rest and recharge, while we utilize the evening hours to stock and prepare our stores for the next day’s business,” Market Basket CEO Arthur Demoulas said in a statement. Since Gov. Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, several grocery and retail store chains have modified hours or set limits on the purchase of in-demand products. In addition, many stores have suspended free sample programs and set new policies for cleaning stores.Here are summaries of key policies and updates from several of the most prominent local chains:Market Basket: Stores open only to those 60 and over from 5:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Open to the general public from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. Roche Bros.: Effective Friday, March 20, ALL locations will dedicate first hour of business, 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., to customers 60+ as well as the disabled population.Will not be checking ID’s, but asking the public to cooperate with the effort Store hours for general public will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in all locations Asking customers to “be reasonable with purchases of items”Increasing frequency of cleaning and sanitation proceduresTemporarily suspending food samplingsShaw’s/Star Market: Stores will open early Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., for senior citizens and other at-risk members of the community.Hours of operation for all Shaw’s and Star Market stores will be 7 a.m to 8 p.m. (with exceptions Tuesday/Thursday for at-risk customers)Company says adjusted hours “give our teams the time they need to restock shelves and get ready to serve our communities.”Price Chopper: Stores only open to seniors from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. Stores open 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. for all shoppers.Refund, return and rain check policies have been temporarily suspendedBig Y: Stores open at 7:30 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. until further notice.Warned it “may need to impose purchase limits” on some itemsWill not be issuing rain checks until further noticeDiscontinued food sampling programs Wegmans: Stores reducing hours to 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.Imposed 2-item purchase limit on several products, including some cleaning supplies, medications, produce and meat. Here is the list.All Market Café seating areas, in-store Pubs, Select Burger Bars, Amore, Next Door temporarily closedGrocery delivery and curbside pickup times with Instacart are limited due to high demandOnline catering and cake orders suspended Stop & Shop: All locations open 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. daily for customers age 60 and older only. Most stores will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. for all shoppers.Limits of five per customer on “items in high demand”Warns of “limited supply across the U.S.” of products including hand sanitizer, toilet paper and disinfecting wipesSuspended food sampling programsHome delivery service remains availableTarget: Reducing store hours and closing stores by 9 p.m. daily. First hour of shopping each Wednesday is reserved for “elderly and those with underlying health concerns.”Fast-tracking flow of products that are in highest demand, including food, medicine and other essentials.Maintaining “limitations on in-demand items” such as hand sanitizer, toilet paper, disinfectant wipes, bottled waterGuest-facing surfaces, like checklanes and touchscreens, are cleaned at least every 30 minutes Trader Joe’s: Store hours reduced to 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.Suspended all food and drink samplingIncreased frequency of cleaningsOffers additional paid sick leave to all employeesWalmart: Store hours reduced to 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.Authorized store managers to limit sales on items in high demandSending stores additional cleaning supplies for use on frequently touched areas such as registers and shopping cartsSays it has plans for third-party sanitation if a store is impacted by the virusAnnounced new policies for ill employees or those who may have been exposed CVS: Store hours vary by location Reports no disruptions in supply chain for prescription drugs but warns that demand may cause “temporary shortages for certain products at some store locations”Waived charges for home delivery of prescription medicationsNo point-of-care test available for COVID-19 in MinuteClinicHome Depot: Stores will close daily at 6 p.m. Opening hours remain unchanged10 face mask per person purchase limitWhole Foods: All stores in the U.S. and Canada will service customers who are 60 and older one hour before opening to the general public, under the new adjusted hours posted on the store’s web page.Whole Foods Market stores will close up to two hours early to give our Team Members more time to restock shelves, sanitize our stores and rest in preparation for the next day. During this time, stores will remain open for pickup (in stores that offer it), and we will continue to fulfill Prime delivery orders in an effort to meet unprecedented demand and ensure that people who need to remain at home can still get their groceries in a timely manner. Don’t see your store on this list? WCVB hasn’t received a statement from all major chains at the time of publication.

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BOSTON —

Market Basket is the latest Massachusetts grocery store chain to adjust its business hours during the coronavirus crisis.

Effective Monday, Market Basket stores will open to the general public at 7 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. daily. Company officials said senior shopping hours will continue between 5:30 and 7 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

“The adjusted closing hour of 6PM is to provide our hard working associates the opportunity to rest and recharge, while we utilize the evening hours to stock and prepare our stores for the next day’s business,” Market Basket CEO Arthur Demoulas said in a statement.

Since Gov. Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, several grocery and retail store chains have modified hours or set limits on the purchase of in-demand products. In addition, many stores have suspended free sample programs and set new policies for cleaning stores.

Here are summaries of key policies and updates from several of the most prominent local chains:

Market Basket: Stores open only to those 60 and over from 5:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Open to the general public from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day.

Roche Bros.: Effective Friday, March 20, ALL locations will dedicate first hour of business, 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., to customers 60+ as well as the disabled population.

  • Will not be checking ID’s, but asking the public to cooperate with the effort
  • Store hours for general public will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in all locations
  • Asking customers to “be reasonable with purchases of items”
  • Increasing frequency of cleaning and sanitation procedures
  • Temporarily suspending food samplings
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Shaw’s/Star Market: Stores will open early Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., for senior citizens and other at-risk members of the community.

  • Hours of operation for all Shaw’s and Star Market stores will be 7 a.m to 8 p.m. (with exceptions Tuesday/Thursday for at-risk customers)
  • Company says adjusted hours “give our teams the time they need to restock shelves and get ready to serve our communities.”

Price Chopper: Stores only open to seniors from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. Stores open 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. for all shoppers.

  • Refund, return and rain check policies have been temporarily suspended

Big Y: Stores open at 7:30 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. until further notice.

  • Warned it “may need to impose purchase limits” on some items
  • Will not be issuing rain checks until further notice
  • Discontinued food sampling programs

Wegmans: Stores reducing hours to 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

  • Imposed 2-item purchase limit on several products, including some cleaning supplies, medications, produce and meat. Here is the list.
  • All Market Café seating areas, in-store Pubs, Select Burger Bars, Amore, Next Door temporarily closed
  • Grocery delivery and curbside pickup times with Instacart are limited due to high demand
  • Online catering and cake orders suspended

Stop & Shop: All locations open 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. daily for customers age 60 and older only. Most stores will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. for all shoppers.

  • Limits of five per customer on “items in high demand”
  • Warns of “limited supply across the U.S.” of products including hand sanitizer, toilet paper and disinfecting wipes
  • Suspended food sampling programs
  • Home delivery service remains available
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Target: Reducing store hours and closing stores by 9 p.m. daily. First hour of shopping each Wednesday is reserved for “elderly and those with underlying health concerns.”

  • Fast-tracking flow of products that are in highest demand, including food, medicine and other essentials.
  • Maintaining “limitations on in-demand items” such as hand sanitizer, toilet paper, disinfectant wipes, bottled water
  • Guest-facing surfaces, like checklanes and touchscreens, are cleaned at least every 30 minutes

Trader Joe’s: Store hours reduced to 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Suspended all food and drink sampling
  • Increased frequency of cleanings
  • Offers additional paid sick leave to all employees

Walmart: Store hours reduced to 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

  • Authorized store managers to limit sales on items in high demand
  • Sending stores additional cleaning supplies for use on frequently touched areas such as registers and shopping carts
  • Says it has plans for third-party sanitation if a store is impacted by the virus
  • Announced new policies for ill employees or those who may have been exposed

CVS: Store hours vary by location

  • Reports no disruptions in supply chain for prescription drugs but warns that demand may cause “temporary shortages for certain products at some store locations”
  • Waived charges for home delivery of prescription medications
  • No point-of-care test available for COVID-19 in MinuteClinic

Home Depot: Stores will close daily at 6 p.m. Opening hours remain unchanged

  • 10 face mask per person purchase limit

Whole Foods: All stores in the U.S. and Canada will service customers who are 60 and older one hour before opening to the general public, under the new adjusted hours posted on the store’s web page.

  • Whole Foods Market stores will close up to two hours early to give our Team Members more time to restock shelves, sanitize our stores and rest in preparation for the next day. During this time, stores will remain open for pickup (in stores that offer it), and we will continue to fulfill Prime delivery orders in an effort to meet unprecedented demand and ensure that people who need to remain at home can still get their groceries in a timely manner.

Don’t see your store on this list? WCVB hasn’t received a statement from all major chains at the time of publication.

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