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New Seasons limits amount of customers in store, takes measures to support staff

PMG FILE PHOTO - New Seasons Market, along with many other grocery stores have set limited customers or set aside time where senior citizens and vulernable populations can shop before the general public can enter the store.Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, local grocery stores have either limited the amount of customers they are allowing in the store at a time or have designated special times for senior citizens and vulnerable shoppers to take to the shelves.

Stores including Lake Oswego's Safeway, Albertsons, Zupan's, Whole Foods 365, New Seasons and Trader Joes — among other stores — have all either set aside time for seniors or limited capacity.

Albertsons and Safeway are open for seniors Tuesday and Thursday from 7-9 a.m., New Seasons is open Monday to Friday from 8-9 a.m., Zupan's is open Monday and Thursday 7-8 a.m. and Trader Joes has an "expedited line" for seniors and at-risk shoppers from 9-10 a.m. daily.

"We will be introducing a digital process in the next few days to allow customers to wait in their car or take a walk around the block at a comfortable distance," said Julie Teune, senior PR and external communications manager for New Seasons. "And of course, grocery delivery and pick-up operations will continue to offer customers an alternative to shopping in-person."

The Lake Oswego New Seasons Market will let 100 customers in at a time — the queue process may differ between each store.

New Seasons Market staff have also shifted store hours to 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to allow time for staff to stock shelves and clean. The store is no longer accepting reusable bags and beverage containers to prevent the spread of the virus.

Check with the store directly for questions and to verify times, as these store times were verified March 23 and hours are constantly changing. Each store location may have different hours.

Local Grocery store times for high-risk populations

Albertsons Lake Oswego (503-635-3429): Tuesday and Thursday 7-9 a.m. Pharmacy opens at 8am.

Costco Tigard (503-639-0811) and Wilsonville (503-825-4003): Tuesday and Thursday 8-9 a.m. Check for pharmacy hours.

Fred Meyer Tigard (503-293-7053): Monday to Thursday 7-8 a.m.

Market of Choice West Linn (503-594-2901): Tuesday and Friday 7-8 a.m.

New Seasons Lake Oswego (503-496-1155): Monday to Friday 8-9 a.m.

Downtown Lake Oswego Safeway (503-675-4480): Tuesday and Thursday 7-9 a.m. Check for pharmacy hours.

Trader Joes Lake Oswego (503-639-3238): Seniors and at-risk shoppers will be queued in "expedited line" in order to shop from 9-10 a.m. daily.

Walmart West Linn (503-303-1094): Tuesday 6-7 a.m. for pharmacy .

Whole Foods 365 Lake Oswego (503-782-4672): Daily 8-9 a.m.

Whole Foods Bridgeport Tualatin (503-639-6500): Daily 8-9 a.m.

Winco Tigard (503-443-3934): Tuesday and Thursday 6-7:30 a.m.


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