CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — As the threat of coronavirus spreads, Dollar General has announced plans to dedicate the first hour of their business day to senior shoppers, as well as change the operating hours at each of their more than 15,000 stores nationwide.
The store chain says beginning Tuesday, March 17, they are strongly encouraging the first hour of operations be soley dedicated to the shopping needs of senior customers, who are one of the groups most vulnerable to the 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," a company statement reads.
Dollar General is encouraging other customers to plan their shopping trips around this window and let seniors do their shopping first.
"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,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO.
The company also says each of their stores now plan to close an hour early, in order to give employees time to clean and re-stock shelves as well as maintain their health and wellbeing.
Stores will continue their normal opening hours. Normal operating hours by individual store locations are available here.
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