A Shout Out for Our Local Grocer

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A Shout Out for Our Local Grocer

 

Whether you were the primary grocery shopper in your household, I’ll bet that since the COVID-19, you’ve become well acquainted with your local store. H-E-B

 

Here in Texas, we have a large chain that I’d never set foot in until I moved back in 2019. 

 

H-E-B, named after its founder Howard E. Butt. Their first store opened in 1905 and the stores have grown to 350 stores in the state of Texas and Mexico. 

 

At the beginning of the COVID-19 breakout, H-E-B and other stores stepped up to the challenge. 

 

What I love is that every step of the way, they are taking every precaution possible to make sure that we and their employees are safe. And as we have learned more and situations have changed, they have been just as quick to make adjustments.

 

When I went in over a week ago, there were at least 5 people cleaning the shopping carts and making sure that you used hand sanitizer as well.

 

While shopping we were reminded over the loudspeaker (in a nice Texas voice) to maintain social distancing while we shopped. I’m glad they did, but let’s face it, old habits are hard to break and we...all of us...need to be gently reminded to keep our distance. 

 

There is red tape on the floors as additional reminders to social distance. And each cashier has a protective shield. They have one entry and one exit door to control the number of shoppers in the store as well. 

 

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H-E-B has ramped up its Curbside Delivery, has partnered with Favor, an on-demand food delivery company to deliver groceries to seniors, and has launched a pilot program to sell ready-made meals with some favorite area restaurants.  This helps the restaurants who have had to close their dining rooms since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis. All of the proceeds go to the restaurants. 

 

I know that nationwide many of our local stores are doing this and similar programs. I am so thankful for my local H-E-B store and I tell them so and will continue to do so! 

 

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Grant Schneider
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Hi Kathy Streib - we could use some of this with a few supermarkets here.  Even in the early more people are not keeping 6 feet.

Apr 07, 2020 06:33 AM #8
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Kathy,

We have that at the markets we go to.  And Trader Joes manages to be even better than the rest. A

Apr 07, 2020 06:54 AM #9
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Sharon Tara
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We haven't been in a couple of weeks. One of us will go next week probably. We are lucky that we don't use milk, which is what most people keep having to go buy. We use almond milk with a far greater shelf life and I stocked up weeks ago.

Our favorite store, Market Basket, is taking similar precautions. Up until now Rick and I have been going together. They are asking that only one family member shop now, so we will do as they request. 

Apr 07, 2020 06:58 AM #10
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I like the way they are helping their local restaurants as well. What a great idea, I am sure those restaurants will be very grateful. Nice post.

Apr 07, 2020 07:14 AM #11
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I had heard of HEB in the news recently but hadn't heard of it before. Good that they are keeping the public and employees safe

Apr 07, 2020 08:15 AM #12
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I have notr been in a grocery store in 3 weeks now due to a health issue so my wife who never shop before is doing it now and she said people are rude and do not follow the 6 foot rule.

 

Apr 07, 2020 08:19 AM #13
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We are also grateful for the stores that have stepped up to manage this well. As for the ones who don't, we avoid them.  Fred Meyers, a large chain, has now changed it's ways, and will limit the number of people in the store. Bernie is happy, as the last time he was there, at the beginning of our stay-home mandate, folks were ignoring social distancing.  We are opting for curbside delivery most of the time, however, they are booked out about 10 days in advance. 

Apr 07, 2020 08:45 AM #14
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Hi Kathy Streib - Thanks for the update and shout-out for HEB.  It is stories like this that are spreading fast to other food stores and chains.  Making necessary changes is the right thing to do and will keep everyone safer. 

 

Apr 07, 2020 09:33 AM #15
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Hi Sham Reddy CRS I am so grateful for the merchants who are doing what they can to keep everyone safe. 

Donald Urschalitz I wish our Trader Joe's was closer to us. Or even Fresh Market. 

 

Apr 07, 2020 11:31 AM #16
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Hi Kat Palmiotti They weren't around when I was here years ago but now they're here in a big way. 

Michael Jacobs that's not a bad idea. I know that they had to ask families not to bring the whole gang to shop for groceries even though everyone is so anxious to get out of the house. 

Apr 07, 2020 11:36 AM #17
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Wayne Martin I just placed my order to be picked up next week this afternoon. They're really backed up. 

Hi Nina Hollander I remember Harris Teeter from when we lived in Leesburg. 

Brian England I really prefer to do my own shopping but trying not to take a chance. 

Apr 07, 2020 01:24 PM #18
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Grant Schneider it's a hard habit to break which is why I'm glad our H-E-B stores here have red tape on the floor and are constantly reminding shoppers to stay 6 feet away. 

Ron and Alexandra Seigel our TJ's is a bit far for us. I really would love to have Wegmans here. 

Apr 07, 2020 01:27 PM #19
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Sharon Tara we use milk for baking but that's about it. I need to go for fresh produce but ordered it off my app. 

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 I agree. That's such a great idea. 

Sharon Lee they have a lot of their own brand label products which are pretty good too. 

Apr 07, 2020 01:29 PM #20
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Oh Will Hamm that's such a shame. People forget and they have to be gently reminded. 

Apr 07, 2020 01:31 PM #21
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD I've been using Curbside and yes, ours is backed up as well. I ordered today for pick-up next Tuesday. 

HI Sheri Sperry - MCNE® When this first started the check out lines were wrapped up and down each aisle and yet they were there still trying to restock the shelves. They've changed their strategies as they've needed to. 

Apr 07, 2020 01:43 PM #22
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Kathy same here.  We have one large chain who was already doing home deliveries, and they and all the other stores are following all those safety steps you mentioned.  Everyone is stepping to the plate, and trying to make it as safe as possible for everyone else.

Apr 07, 2020 01:45 PM #23
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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I have made a decision to not grocery shop for the remainder of the month.  I don't know if I will make it or not, but I'm going to try.  My last trip to the grocer was last Thursday.  I was impressed that carts had just been hosed down and sanitized.  A good grocer doing what they can to help keep us all safe is worth their weight in gold right now.

Apr 07, 2020 02:20 PM #24
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I wish we had home deliveries where I live however we do have senior hours so we can see the that there is no toilet paper or hand sanitizer in person 😕

I still had a happy Tuesday, how about you Kathy Streib???

Apr 07, 2020 04:08 PM #25
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Morning Kathy.

I'm sure my mother did some shopping at H-E-B, when we lived in Houston.  Frankly, I don't remember, of course I don't remember some things I did yesterday

Apr 08, 2020 01:08 AM #26
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The effort that H E B is making is being rewarded with customer appreciation now and loyalty in years to come! 

Apr 08, 2020 06:16 AM #27
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