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.
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.
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!