Save Mart installs shields, offers special hours for first responders

Save Mart Companies install Plexiglas partitions to help protect cashiers, offer daily special shopping hours for medical, police, fire and emergency personnel

The Sun-Gazette

TULARE COUNTY – Save Mart and other stores have taken an extra precaution recently to help their employees on the front lines.

Last week, Save Mart, FoodMaxx and Lucky stores ramped up their safety measure by installing Plexiglas shields at their registers. According to a press release last week, Save Mart Companies announced that they would install them throughout California and Northern Nevada.

“Plexiglas shields serve as an added safety measure that help provide a protective space between our checkers and customers,” the press release stated.

In addition to the installation of Plexiglas shields, stores have increased the frequency and intensity of surface cleaning in stores, especially the check stands and shopping carts, as well as surface cleaning of common areas.

“We are committed to ensuring a safe shopping experience for our customers and employees,” expressed Hal Levitt, senior vice president of retail operations.

Victoria Castro with Save Mart Companies said that the company made the decision two weeks ago to install the shields.

Save Mart also announced a new round of specified shopping hours, last week. This time catering to emergency personnel like first responders.

“Medical, law and fire personnel are putting their lives on the line during this pandemic and we want to thank them and make their lives a little easier by extending these dedicated shopping hours to them,” Save Mart Companies said in a press release.

First responders, defined as law enforcement, fire and medical personnel, will have the opportunity to shop at all Save Mart, FoodMaxx and Lucky stores one hour before and one hour after posted store hours every day for the time being. First responders will need to provide proof of credentials to access dedicated shopping.

“We want to give thanks to the dedicated, hardworking first responders throughout all our communities working the front lines during these extraordinary times,” said Hal Levitt, senior vice president of retail operations. “Medical, law and fire personnel are putting their lives on the line during this pandemic and we want to thank them and make their lives a little easier by extending these special dedicated shopping hours to them.”

Levitt said the idea to offer special shopping hours for first responders came from conversations with local and regional police, sheriff, and fire officials as well as local hospitals and healthcare providers who said their ranks are in need of additional shopping opportunities because of the impact of the pandemic on their work schedules.

Two weeks ago, the company announced dedicating special shopping hours for seniors and vulnerable populations every Tuesday and Thursday from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. at all Save Mart, FoodMaxx and Lucky stores as well as extended all Lucky and Save Mart pharmacy hours from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. throughout California and Northern Nevada.

The Save Mart Companies operates 205 stores throughout California and Northern Nevada under the banners of FoodMaxx, Lucky and Save Mart. The Save Mart Companies is committed to sourcing a wide variety of local products to communities throughout California and Northern Nevada. In addition to its retail operation, the company also operates Smart Refrigerated Transport and is a partner in Super Store Industries (SSI), which owns and operates a distribution center in Lathrop and the Sunnyside Farms dairy processing plant in Turlock.

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