Smith’s Food & Drug

Grocery shoppers are now able to load up their carts earlier and later.

After changing its hours to increase time for cleaning and stocking in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, Smith’s Food and Drug extended its hours starting Sunday.

Those 60 and older can still shop earlier than the general public, with special senior shopping hours from 6 to 8 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The remainder of the week, stores will open to everyone at 6 a.m.

Closing time has been extended to 11 p.m.

“We decided to expand our hours due to an improving supply chain and stronger product availability,” Smith’s Corporate Affairs Manager Aubriana Martindale said in a release. “Our stores have the capacity to serve more customers throughout the day while maintaining cleanliness.”

Store employees also will be required to wear face masks, and the store encourages all customers to wear a mask in the store.

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(2) comments

Deirdre O'Mara

Face masks should be required for customers too.... all summer long. Our valley is about to open up to outsiders. The risk of contracting the disease will increase exponentially. Grocery stores are an essential service. Those who feel comfortable exposing themselves are free to do so elsewhere, but please, lets designate grocery stores as "safe" zones. There are many people who are at risk in this valley. Even as we open up, lets not forget about them. - Tom Bennett

Raz Reinecke

I agree. Face masks provide some protection against spreading one's lung's contents while breathing out, talking, sneezing and coughing. People shopping are contaminating the indoor air, floors (where the droplets saliva end up) as well as the produce and other products, surfaces, etc. wearing a mask is a civic duty to help each other stay safe. It should be mandatory in stores, especially essential ones like grocery stores.

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