Dollar General Says First Hour of Each Day for Senior Shoppers

Posted on March 16, 2020

Dollar General says it will dedicate the first hour of each day to its senior customers due to the coronavirus outbreak. Seniors will be the only customers allowed in the store for the first hour of each day.

Dollar General says, "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."

The retailer also says its stores will close an hour earlier than current close times for store cleaning and restocking.

Dollar General CEO Todd Vasos says in the announcement, "In keeping with our mission and our ongoing commitment to serve our communities, we are dedicating the first hour of each day to seniors. 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. “During these unprecedented times, Dollar General is diligently working to meet the ongoing needs of our customers and communities. We are proud to live our mission and provide customers with everyday low prices on the household essentials that are used and replenished most often."

The Covid-19 coronavirus has been spreading rapidly around the globe. Seniors and people with weakened immune systems are the most vulnerable to the respiratory disease. Cases in the U.S. are approaching 5,000 with nearly 100 deaths.

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