Food City, Dollar General cutting hours, dedicating first hour to senior citizens

Johnson City Press • Mar 17, 2020 at 12:04 PM

In response to concerns about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Food City and Dollar General have decided to cut their operating hours, and will dedicate the first hour of operations to senior citizens.

“With the continuing health concerns surrounding COVID-19, effective immediately, we are temporarily adjusting our store hours of operation to 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. daily, to give our associates additional time to clean, sanitize and restock,” the statement from Food City read. “The first hour of operation from 7 a.m. until 8 a.m. will be specifically designated for customers 65 and older, as well as customers with underlying health conditions to shop to avoid busier shopping periods.”

Food City joins Dollar General as two stores dedicating their first hour of opening to senior citizens and those who are most vulnerable to COVID-19. Dollar General will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

“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,” Dollar General CEO Todd Vasos said in a statement. “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.”

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