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Dollar General asking customers to let seniors shop during the first hour of business each day

Posted March 16, 2020 11:11 p.m. EDT
Updated March 18, 2020 11:50 a.m. EDT

Dollar General Store Front (photo courtesy Dollar General)

Dollar General is asking customers to let seniors shop during the first hour of business each day. They are trying to offer a less crowded shopping experience those at a higher risk during this coronavirus outbreak.

According to their press release issued on March 16:

"Beginning tomorrow, 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. In keeping with the Company’s mission of Serving Others, Dollar 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 are encouraged to plan their shopping trips around this window of time to allow the most susceptible customers in our communities the ability to shop during the first hour that stores are open."

In addition, they have adjusted their store hours. All stores will be closing one hour earlier than their regular closing time "to allow employees to clean and re-stock store shelves, as well as for their health and wellbeing."

The opening hours will remain unchanged.

See all the details on their website.

Target also devoting the first hour of shopping every Wednesday to those at greater risk of serious illness during this outbreak.

In an e-mail to customers on March 18, 2020, Target wrote, "We’ll also reserve the first hour of shopping each Wednesday to support vulnerable guests, including the elderly and those with underlying health concerns."

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