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Schnucks, Fields Foods offer seniors-only hour

ST. LOUIS – Schnucks is joining Fields Foods in offering a seniors-only hour before stores open to the general public. The grocers are reserving the first hour of shopping exclusively for those over age 60 or otherwise more vulnerable, to reduce their risk of exposure to the coronavirus.

Schnucks stores will be open from 6 to 7 a.m. for those at-risk customers only; others can enter after that hour.

The Fields Foods store at 1500 Lafayette Ave. has set its seniors-only hour from 7 to 8 a.m. before the store opens to the general public.

Schnucks is also reducing the hours at some of its grocery stores and temporarily closing three stores. Sites that had stayed open until midnight will now open at 6 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. like the other stores. One exception to those hours is the Culinaria, at 315 N 9th St. downtown; that will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday only, and closed on weekends.

The cutbacks will allow employees to clean the stores and restock shelves, Schnucks said. Schnucks urged customers to check its website for information on individual stores.

Three Scnucks stores are being closed for a few days: 7057 Chippewa St. in Shrewsbury; 1032 Lemay Ferry Rd. in the Lemay area; and 1721 Homer M. Adams Parkway in Alton, Ill. Those stores will reopen Thursday, March 19.

“The health and safety of our customers and teammates is our priority now and always,” CEO Todd Schnuck said in an open letter on the website.

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