DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., March 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- To support the shopping needs of customers deemed to be most at risk of contracting COVID-19, Fresh Thyme Farmers Market has introduced dedicated shopping hours for guests over the age of 60, those with underlying health concerns, essential service workers and first responders to purchase items they need most in a less crowded environment.
Starting Sunday, March 22nd, Fresh Thyme Farmers Market will serve all customers with slightly reduced hours from 8am to 8pm daily. The reduced hours will allow for additional cleaning, sanitation and restocking of key items.
Starting March 23rd, Fresh Thyme Farmers Market will enact two dedicated shopping periods for specific members of the community. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays Fresh Thyme will be open exclusively for customers over the age of 60, and those with underlying health concerns, to shop from 6am to 8am. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Fresh Thyme will be open exclusively for essential healthcare workers and first responders to shop from 6am to 8am.
"It's times like these that show true strength, spirit and teamwork in action, and I'm very proud of how we've all come together to rally behind one another and our communities," said Fresh Thyme Farmers Market President, Gerald Melville. "We appreciate customers' assistance as we work to serve everyone and ask that they don't schedule their shopping during this time if they're not a senior, a person who may have a more compromised immune system or an essential service worker."
Fresh Thyme Farmers Market continues to follow the CDC's guidelines to ensure stores are as safe as possible. This includes more frequent cleaning and sanitization practices, especially at high-frequency touch points like check lanes, all service areas, and in team member work areas.
To stay up to date on how Fresh Thyme Farmers Market is responding to the challenges of the coronavirus outbreak, please visit https://www.freshthyme.com/press/ .
About Fresh Thyme Farmers Market
Fresh Thyme Farmers Market is a full-service specialty retailer focusing on value-priced fresh, healthy, natural and organic offerings. It boasts an extensive produce department with organic and local fruits and vegetables, a natural meat department, healthy deli foods to go, hundreds of bulk food bins, dairy and frozen, health supplement products, and its own line of organic and natural private label products. Fresh Thyme has 74 stores in 11 states throughout the Midwest. Learn more at freshthyme.com. Keep in touch by liking us at facebook.com/freshthymefarmersmarkets, and following us at twitter.com/freshthymefm.
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