In an effort to help senior shoppers get the items they need, Dollar General has dedicated its first hour each day to these shoppers beginning today, March 17. The store will also be amending its hours of operation.

According to KLTV, many people have been concerned that senior shoppers were getting slim leftovers of many essential groceries they may need due to the coronavirus outbreak. Dollar General announced they are strongly encouraging that all stores’ first hour of shopping be dedicated to senior shoppers.

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The following is a statement released by Dollar General:

“Beginning tomorrow (March 17), 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 the Company’s mission of Serving Others, 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.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 well-being.

Stores will continue to maintain current opening hours. Normal operating hours by individual store locations are available here.