Retail stores set exclusive shopping hours for at-risk shoppers

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RAPID CITY, S.D. – In order to assist groups most vulnerable to the COVID-19 coronavirus with their shopping needs, several national chain stores have set aside exclusive times for seniors to shop at their Black Hills locations.

Family Fare locations will set aside time twice per week for store guests most at risk of contracting COVID-19, including older adults, pregnant women and immunocompromised individuals. Reserved hours will be every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m.

Stores which were previously open 24 hours will change operating hours at these locations from 6:00 a.m. to midnight daily, in order to sanitize and restock the store.

Walmart is offering special shopping hours. From March 24 through April 28, Walmart stores will host an hour-long senior shopping event every Tuesday for customers aged 60 and older. This will start one hour before the store opens. Walmart Pharmacies and Vision Centers will also be open during this time.

Dollar General is strongly encouraging that the first hour of operations each day be dedicated solely for the shopping needs of senior customers. Additionally, all stores plan to close one hour earlier than current close times to allow employees to clean and re-stock store shelves, as well as for their health and wellbeing.  Stores will continue to maintain current opening hours.

NewsCenter1 will continue to provide updates on further changes to store hours and related policies.

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