Starting today, the Save Mart Companies, operators of Save Mart, FoodMaxx and Lucky, will have dedicated shopping hours for first responders at all stores amid the COVID-19 crisis.
First responders, defined as law enforcement, fire and medical personnel, can shop one hour before, and one hour after, the posted store hours, the company announced Wednesday. They will need to provide proof of credentials to access dedicated shopping.
Last week, the company also announced dedicatied special shopping hours for seniors and vulnerable populations every Tuesday and Thursday from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. at all stores, and extended all Lucky and Save Mart pharmacy hours from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
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,” according to Hal Levitt, senior vice president of Retail Operations.
“We want to give thanks to the dedicated, hardworking first responders throughout all our communities working the front lines during these extraordinary times,” Levitt said. “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.”