FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Meredith Gremel, Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Communications, 616-878-2830
Effective immediately, Tuesdays and Thursdays between 7 and 9 a.m. will be set aside as reserved hours for vulnerable populations
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – SpartanNash and its family for retail stores will set aside time twice per week for store guests most at risk of contracting coronavirus (COVID-19), including older adults, pregnant women and immunocompromised individuals.
Reserved hours will be every Tuesday and Thursday from 7 to 9 a.m.
SpartanNash operates more than 150 stores in nine states, under the banners of Family Fare, Martin’s Super Markets, D&W Fresh Market, VG’s Grocery, Dan’s Supermarket, SunMart, Family Fresh Market, ValuLand, Supermercado Nuestra Familia, No Frills, Forest Hills Foods, Ada Fresh Market, Econofoods, Pick’n Save and Dillonvale IGA.
“SpartanNash and our family of retail stores are committed to the well-being and safety of our family of associates, customers and communities, as well as supporting health officials and government leaders to contain the virus,” Executive Vice President and General Manager, Corporate Retail Tom Swanson said. “We are enacting these reserved hours to help protect our most vulnerable store guests, and we are asking our other customers to observe these hours for those most at risk in our local communities.
“We know that many want to keep their neighbors safe and healthy at the same time, and we know that they also are anxious about the availability of many high-demand products. I am extremely proud of our associates, who continue to work diligently to ensure our neighbors have access to the food, medicine and household supplies they need. We are also grateful to our many store guests who have taken the time to thank them personally or share positive experiences on social media. We are honored to have been the trusted food provider our communities have counted on for over 100 years.”
In addition to the reserved store hours, SpartanNash retail stores have also implemented several other changes to store operations, including adjusting operating hours for most stores previously open 24 hours. Effective March 17, operating hours at these locations will be 6 a.m. to midnight daily (check your stores’ website for current store hours).
Stores suspended service at self-serve areas, including salad bars, soup bars and donut cases. These items can be purchased in prepackaged containers, made fresh every day by SpartanNash retail associates with the highest cleanliness and food safety standards. Café areas have also been closed and all sampling has been stopped.
SpartanNash retail locations have instituted even greater cleaning and sanitation measures. In addition to daily cleaning procedures, high-touch surfaces – such as food service counters, checkout lanes, conveyor belts, fuel pump handles, pin pads and touch screens – are being cleaned and sanitized at least every 30 minutes.
To learn more, visit: spartannash.com/spartannash-coronvirus-updates.
SpartanNash (Nasdaq: SPTN) is a Fortune 400 company whose core businesses include distributing grocery products to a diverse group of independent and chain retailers, its corporate-owned retail stores and U.S. military commissaries and exchanges; as well as premier fresh produce distribution and fresh food processing. SpartanNash serves customer locations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Honduras, Bahrain, Djibouti and Egypt. SpartanNash currently operates 155 supermarkets, primarily under the banners of Family Fare, Martin’s Super Markets, D&W Fresh Market, VG’s Grocery and Dan’s Supermarket. Through its MDV military division, SpartanNash is a leading distributor of grocery products to U.S. military commissaries.