Local stores schedule early morning hours to accommodate senior citizens and others during coronavirus pandemic

The local Dollar General stores and Family Fare in Grayling are setting aside early morning hours to accommodate senior citizens in light of stopping the spread of coronavirus. 

In Crawford County, Dollar General has stores in Grayling and Frederic.

Hours at similar stores in Grayling remain unchanged.

Family Fare

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 a.m. to 9 a.m. According to www.shopfamilyfare.com, the stores normal hours for the Grayling Family Fare are 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day.

SpartanNash operates more than 150 stores in nine states, including the Family Fare stores located in northern Michigan.

“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,” said Executive Vice President and General Manager of Corporate Retail Tom Swanson. “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.”

In addition to the reserved store hours, SpartanNash retail stores have also implemented several other changes to store operations.

Stores have suspended service at self-serve areas, including donut cases. These items can be purchased in prepackaged containers.

“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,” store officials said.

Dollar General

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 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,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO. 

“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,” Dollar General officials said. “Other customers are encouraged to plan their shopping trips around this window of time to allow the most susceptible customers in our communities the ability to shop during the first hour that stores are open.”

“Additionally, all stores plan to close one hour earlier than current close times to allow employees to clean and re-stock store shelves, as well as for their health and wellbeing. Dollar General remains committed to providing customers and employees with a safe, clean and pleasant shopping environment at all stores and seeks for customers to feel confident when shopping its stores.”

Dollar Tree

Dollar Tree will close at 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, which is one hour earlier than normal closing time.

Family Dollar

No changes have been made to shopping at Family Dollar.


No changes have been made to shopping at Save-A-Lot.






Crawford County Avalanche

Mailing Address
Box 490
Grayling, MI 49738

Phone: 989-348-6811
FAX: 989-348-6806
E-Mail: information@crawfordcountyavalanche.com

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