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Save-On Foods limits store hours, purchasing of high-demand items

Citynews 1130 Vancouver
FILE - Empty aisles at the Save-on-Foods at Cambie Street and 7th Avenue. (Courtesy Natalie Tung, NEWS 1130 photo)

Company implementing special shopping hour for seniors, vulnerable customers

Measures are meant to better serve customers and support staff

Leave online shopping services to customers who cannot get to stores: Save-On

LANGLEY (NEWS 1130) – Save-On-Foods is reducing operating hours at 178 stores as of Thursday to allow for more cleaning and restocking in response to novel coronavirus pandemic.

It will also be opening early for seniors and vulnerable customers, as well as enforcing purchasing limits on high-demand items, the company says in a release.

The measures are meant to better serve customers and support staff.

Store hours will be limited from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for most customers at stores in four provinces and one territory.

The company will also open for one hour, at 7 a.m., just for seniors, those with disabilities and the most vulnerable customers, providing a less busy environment and allow for social distancing, as recommended by health officials.

Save-On is also encouraging customers who can shop in-store to do so and leave online shopping services to those who cannot.

“As always, Save-On-Foods will continue to work hard to safeguard the health of our team members, our customers and our communities. 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,” Save-On president Darrell Jones says in the release.

Save-On also says it is not experiencing a widespread shortage of food, but is facing supply-chain challenges and will be enforcing limits on high-demand items.

“The company will not be raising prices in response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” says the release.

On Wednesday, B.C. Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth issued a provincial state of emergency to help curb the spread of COVID-19.