Area grocers make changes to adjust to coronavirus concerns
Several area grocery stores have put new hours and services in place amid the COVID-19 restrictions in Michigan and Wisconsin.
These include opening early for seniors and customers considered at high risk, along with closing earlier to refill shelves and bins and sanitize shopping areas.
In Iron Mountain, the Super One grocery store at 1118 S. Stephenson Ave. has asked customers voluntarily reserve the first hour of business, from 6 to 7 a.m., for the elderly, immunocompromised or otherwise high-risk, health care staff and first responders.
The store also has switched to closing at 9 p.m. until further notice so staff have time to restock and thoroughly clean, said Matt Chellew, assistant store manager in Iron Mountain.
Restricting the opening hour of the day means those customers will be able to shop in a store that is as safe as possible and should have the items they need, he said.
While some products still may be in short supply, the store has done its best to meet demand, Chellew said.
“It’s a daily struggle,” he said, “but we’re keeping up.”
Super One recommends customers use a credit or debit card rather than cash, when paying “as this is a more sanitary option for customers and our staff.”
Northwoods IGA at 501 Washington Ave. in Niagara, Wis., will offer curbside pickup of groceries daily for the elderly and high-risk customers.
Orders should be called in to 715-251-3860 no later than 3 p.m. Customers then will be called when the order is ready.
The store will provide grocery delivery as well on Thursdays to elderly and high-risk customers within Niagara city limits. Orders must be placed by 11 a.m. and be a minimum of $25 to help defray the costs of delivering.
Northwoods IGA began Friday closing at 7 p.m. daily until further notice to allow time for extra cleaning and stocking, according to a store notice that added, “Thank you for your understanding during these uncertain times.”
Tadych’s Family Market, 1600 S. Stephenson Ave. in Iron Mountain, for now has decided to continue to stay open 24 hours a day.
Monette’s Market, 375 Woodward Ave. in Kingsford, still opens daily at 8 a.m., said Nicole Monette, store manager.
Starting Sunday, Pat’s Foods at 529 Main St. in Norway will restrict hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The store also is not accepting recyclable cans or bottles at this time. Pat’s Foods in Florence, Wis., has not made any changes in store hours.
Walmart at 1920 S. Stephenson Ave. in Iron Mountain will open at 6 a.m. every Tuesday starting this week through at least April 28 to shoppers age 60 and older only. This will include the vision center and pharmacy.
Walmart earlier had gone from being open 24 hours to closing at 11 p.m. and now has hours of 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily for the rest of its customers.
It had offered curbside pickup even before the COVID-19 situations. To order online, go to https://grocery.walmart.com/locations/pickup/Walmart-Iron-Mountain-MI-Supercenter-2434.
Angeli’s Central Market in Iron River will remain open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. It also has decided to take pick-up orders over the phone from 8 to 11 a.m. for customers who cannot shop in person. A credit or debit card is necessary for pick-up orders, which will be ready between 2 and 4 p.m.
Any customer who is unable to pick up groceries can call a volunteer for delivery as well. Phone numbers are available at https://www.facebook.com/AngeliFoods/.
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