Grocery Stores in Schuylkill County Operating on Special Schedules to Handle Coronavirus Demands
Schuylkill County grocery stores remain open during the coronavirus emergency but they’re operating on limited schedules.
Runs on certain products have left some store shelves complete bare by the end of the day and these stores are adjusting hours to give employees time to re-stock shelves and properly clean stores.
Schuylkill County Grocery Store Special Coronavirus Operating Hours
We’re monitoring all the major retailers and local grocery stores for updates to schedules during the coronavirus emergency.
Here’s a rundown of all the major grocery stores in Schuylkill County and the hours they’re keeping during the COVID-19 coronavirus emergency:
Walmart stores in Schuylkill County began special hours earlier this week. The locations in Saint Clair and Hometown are now open daily from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m. until further notice.
“As we make this change, associates will continue to work the hours and shifts they are scheduled, and our supply chain and trucking fleet will continue to move products and deliver to stores on their regular schedules,” Walmart COO Dacona Smith says in a statement.
There are Boyer’s stores located all over Schuylkill County: Pottsville, Schuylkill Haven, Orwigsburg, Frackville, Shenandoah, and Ashland.
Starting Wednesday, March 18, and until further notice, Boyer’s stores operate on a limited schedule, from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. The company is also instituting a “Preferred Senior Citizen Shopping” time from 7 a.m. until 9 a.m. each day. They ask anyone under the age of 62 wait until after 9 to start shopping.
Redner’s operates stores locally in Hegins, Schuylkill Haven and Shenandoah. During the coronavirus emergency, those stores and other locations will be open from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m.
Company CEO Ryan Redner says in a statement, “We are continuing to monitor the situation and are taking necessary precautions to keep our employee owners and the communities we serve safe. Our teams are working hard to keep our stores clean, open and stocked and here are some of the steps we are taking to ensure your shopping experience is rewarding.”
Giant operates stores in Cressona and downtown Pottsville. The stores are operating on a new schedule, from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m daily.
Beginning on Thursday, March 19, Walmart stores are urging customers under the age of 60 to wait until after 7 a.m. to begin shopping. This allows the stores to permit senior citizen shoppers the ability to make purchases and avoid larger crowds and practice better social distancing, per CDC social distancing guidelines.
“Although we will not be requesting ID for entry, we ask that you please respect the purpose of the early opening – and do the right thing for your neighbors. Store team members do reserve the right to ask customers to leave if they are not a member of this age group,” GIANT President Nicholas Bertram says in a statement.
Weis Markets currently operates a store in Pottsville Park Plaza, off Route 61, just outside Pottsville. The store will be open from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. during the coronavirus emergency.
CEO Jonathan Weis says, “You should also know we are working diligently to keep our stores supplied and in-stock and have secured extra product to minimize potential disruptions. We are particularly focused on high-demand cleaning, disinfectant, bath tissue and shelf-stable food items including canned vegetables and fruit, tuna, rice and pasta. Our pharmacies have also secured extra product.”
Beginning on March 17, Dollar General implemented new store hours across Schuylkill County. They’ll now be open at their regular time but closing 1 hour earlier than normal to allow store employees to re-stock and clean, the company says in a statement.
Like other stores in the area, they’re asking that senior citizens be allowed to shop on their own for the first hour stores are open. Check your local Dollar General store for their normal start times.
ALDI in Cressona started operating on a new schedule March 16. The new store hours are from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Company CEO Jason Hart said recently, “Our teams are working diligently to keep our shelves stocked and we are continuing to react to the Covid-19 situation. In the midst of increased demand and challenging supply, we are focused on the products you are likely to want most: water, pantry staples, pre-made meals, cleaning supplies, toilet paper and more. To support as many customers as possible, you may see quantity limits placed on select items. We appreciate your patience as some of these products may be temporarily unavailable in some of our stores.”
We’ll monitor these stores for updates. If you operate another store and wish to be included in this list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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