Kamloops stores are responding to the hoarding taking place by dedicating time for seniors and those with disabilities to shop.
Both Shoppers Drug Mart and the Real Canadian Superstore are the latest stores to implement the measure.
For the past few weeks, as the COVID-19 pandemic spread, various items in stores — notably toilet paper and, lately, meat — have been tough to find.
Shoppers Drug Mart is now reserving the first hour of shopping in the morning for seniors and those with disabilities and is also offering the 20 per cent Seniors Day discount on regular-priced items for the first hour each day, every day.
This is in addition to Seniors Days each Thursday.
Superstore will reserve the 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. hour each Tuesday and Friday for seniors and those with disabilities and has also lowered prices on home-delivered goods and eliminated fees for delivery and pick up.
Save-On-Foods has also joined the effort, now opening daily from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. for seniors and those with disabilities and changing its regular hours, opening its doors to everyone else from 8 a.m to 8 p.m.
Save-On-Foods is also encouraging those customers who can shop in store to do so and leave the online shopping services available to those who are not able to get to the store, including seniors, people with disabilities and those who are ill or self-isolating.
“It is not business as usual and my amazing team of 21,000 team members has a big job to do as they work around the clock to replenish the items our customers need,” Save-On-Foods president Darrell Jones said.
“As always, Save-On-Foods will continue to work hard to safeguard the health of our team members, our customers and our communities,” he said.
“We have never seen times as turbulent and as uncertain as these and we are so proud of the great work our teams are doing.”
More stores in Kamloops are expected to add similar dedicated shopping hours.
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