A senior vice president of
the Retail Association of Nevada is urging the state’s consumers to support
their local grocery stores and pharmacy retailers during the COVID-9 virus
"If you can stay home,
if you can be flexible, that is what our grocery and pharmacy retailers need
right now," said Bryan Wachter, senior vice president of government and
public affairs. "Our supply chain is secure, our grocery stores and
pharmacies will stay open, and what they need from you now more than ever is to
give them room to do what they do best, provide food and medicine for the
communities they serve."
Wachter said if consumers
have enough supplies and don’t have to visit a grocery store, then consumers
who haven’t been able to complete their shopping or at-risk populations will be
able to shop. Additionally, Wachter said many nonessential local businesses will
need community support once they reopen. He said closed stores are doing “a
huge service” by preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Local markets have adjusted
their hours since Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Tuesday the closure of
nonessential businesses and urged residents to stay home. Since that time, markets
have also set aside time to help senior citizens and others deemed at-risk.
Raley’s will roll out on
Saturday two unique Senior Essentials Bags available at discounted prices.
According to Chelsea Minor, corporate director of Consumer and Public Affairs,
these bags can be picked up curbside or in store.
“We will make every effort to meet demand,” she said in a media release. “We call upon our customers to respect the intended purpose of this program, which is to serve those who are at-risk and need it the most.”
The $20 bag includes a mix of
fresh items and pantry staples, while the $35 contains ready-to-eat meals. Beginning
Sunday, she said Raley’s will open additional timeslots for pickup and
“Raley’s recommends that
customers place orders at least 48 hours in advance and select ‘allow
substitutions’ on all online orders,” she said. “If you are unable to get out
of your vehicle, and if we offer pickup at your store, you may park in the
designated eCart pickup spot and text the phone number on the eCart pickup spot
signage when you arrive. If bags are available, one will be brought out to your
vehicle and we will accept cash, check or credit cards outside.”
Minor said with the limited
inventory of high-demand items, Raley’s teams are doing their best to complete
order requests with substitutions.
Raley’s has a number of
stores in western Nevada including one each in Carson City, Gardnerville,
Yerington and Fernley. Store opening and closing hours depend on location.
Walmart Supercenters, with stores in Carson City, Douglas County, Fernley and Fallon, trimmed its hours two days ago to 7 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Through April 28 on Tuesdays, Walmart will have shopping for senior citizens 60 and older starting one hour before stores open. According to Walmart, the stores are temporarily closing their Auto Care Centers to focus on critical areas of the store. Dacona Smith, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Walmart U.S., wrote in a blog post the stores will have limits on paper products, milk, eggs, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, water, diapers, wipes, formula and baby food.
Likewise, Target announced limits
on similar items. In a message to customers, CEO Brian Connell said Target is
aware of consumer needs.
“We know that many guests are
stocking up on key essentials, and we’re working hard to accommodate this
increased demand,” he wrote.
Target’s hours at the Topsy
Lane store are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and during the first hour of shopping on
Wednesdays, seniors and those with underlying health concerns can access the
store one hour before the regular opening time.
Smith’s, with three stores in
the area, will dedicate the first hours on Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday from
7-8 a.m. until further notice for senior citizens. The normal hours are 8 a.m.
to 10 p.m. daily. Check with each store for pharmacy hours.
“Smith’s wants to provide
those at-risk customers with the ability to purchase the items they need to
avoid busier and more crowded shopping times,” said Aubriana Martindale,
Smith’s corporate affairs manager.
Martindale also said Smith’s
is waiving the pick-up fee at the point of transaction for online orders
received curbside for customers 60 years and older through April 18.
“We activated our
preparedness plan several weeks ago, and we continue to monitor the rapidly
evolving situation,” said Rodney McMillen, CEO of The Kroger Co., Smith’s
parent company. “We’re following guidance from federal, state and local
agencies, including the CDC and other health organizations.”
Costco, according to its website, has changed hours from 10 a.m.
to 8:30 pm. During the weekdays and 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.
to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Costco has hours for members 60 years of age and
older and those with with physical disabilities from
8-9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Only members who meet the
criteria will be allowed to shop during those hours. No guests will be allowed
Craig Jelinek, president and CEO, Costco Wholesale, said changes
have been implemented. As a result, he said Costco stores have taken steps to
control the number of shoppers, asked that members and employees practice
social distancing and reduced some services.
“Limits have been implemented on certain items to help ensure more
members are able to access the merchandise they want and need,” he said. “Our
buyers and suppliers are working to ensure in-demand merchandise as well as
everyday favorites are available in our warehouses.
The Save Mart Companies
operates 205 stores throughout California and Northern Nevada including three
in the Carson City area 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,” the company said in a statement.
FoodMaxx operates from 6 a.m.
to midnight, and the Save Mart stores are open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. FoodMaxx
and Save Mart have set aside every Tuesday and Thursday from 6 am to 9 a.m. for
seniors and higher risk populations to shop.
For veterans eligible to shop
at the Naval Air Station Fallon commissary, hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The
store has temporary halted the early opening time for seniors or individuals
with special needs. Certain limits have been placed on goods, and shoppers and
family members must show a valid identification card. Guests are not allowed.
The Grocery Outlet store in Carson
City and Fernley are open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and daily updates are posted
to their Facebook pages. The Gardnerville store opens at 7:40 p.m. and closes
at 9 p.m.
Trader Joe’s has also
adjusted hours from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Fallon Safeway store,
which is one of the city’s oldest businesses, changed its around-the-clock hours
to 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
Albertsons Companies, which is
the parent company of Safeway, said in a press release stores will reserve
every Tuesday and Thursday from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. for senior citizens, pregnant
women, immunocompromised individuals and other at-risk groups to shop.
“We are sensitive to the fact
that everyone wants to make sure they have the items they need, and we also
know that everyone wants their neighbors to stay safe and healthy, too,” said
Vivek Sankaran, president and CEO. “We are asking our customers to respect
these special hours for those who are most at risk in our communities. We thank
our customers in advance for their compassion and understanding toward their
neighbors and friends, and in helping us maintain this temporary operations