NEVADA (KTNV) — In an effort to provide greater flexibility for grocery shoppers, Smith’s Food & Drug has announced to expand temporary store hours starting Sunday, May 3.
Beginning Sunday, all 141 Smith’s locations will open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 6 a.m. – 8 a.m. for senior shoppers age 60+ and will expand service hours for the general public from 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.
The remainder of the week (Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays) will be open to the general public from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Smith’s encourages and appreciates customers allowing senior citizens to move to the front of the line throughout the day.
Also, a Smith's spokesperson said the grocery store will be limiting meat purchases:
At Smith’s, we feel good about our ability to maintain a broad assortment of meat and seafood for our customers because we purchase protein from a diverse network of suppliers.
There is plenty of protein in the supply chain; however, some processors are experiencing challenges. At this time, we’ve added purchase limits only on fresh pork and chicken.
Smith’s said it is providing masks for all store associates, who will now be required to wear them or bring their own to wear. Smith’s has asked federal and state governments to designate grocery store associates as “extended first responders” or “emergency personnel” to help receive priority access to protective masks and other benefits.
The retailer also encourages all customers to wear a mask while in the store.
The grocer has made other changes in response to the COVID-19 emergency, by waiving the Pickup fee (generally $4.95) for all online orders, with no minimum purchase threshold required, in addition to the acceptance of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for Pickup to encourage more customers to use the low-contact service during the pandemic.
Pickup service allows customers to shop online for groceries at smithsfoodanddrug.com or the Smith’s app and pick up their order curbside, limiting contact.