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Supermarkets Curtail Hours, Offer Early Shopping For Some Groups



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All three of Newtown’s supermarkets are currently operating on reduced hours, and each is offering early shopping options for some customers.

In light of COVID-19, Big Y World Class Market, Caraluzzi’s Newtown Market, and Stop & Shop have all adopted these schedules. Each store has signs posted at entrances alerting customers to the temporary changes.

Big Y has updated the schedule it announced earlier this week. As of Friday, March 20, signs posted at the 6 Queen Street market announce “Reserved Shopping” hours for senior citizens (noted as those age 60 and above) “and people with compromised immune systems,” from 7 to 8 am each morning.

Regular store hours are then 8 am until 8 pm, “until further notice.”

Across the way, at 5 Queen Street, Caraluzzi’s has also posted notices for its customers.

Senior citizens, at that store noted as those age 65 and over, are welcome in the store as early as 6:30 each morning to 7:30 am.

“Please be respectful and reserve this time to allow seniors 65+ to shop. We appreciate your patience and understanding,” the note adds.

All customers are allowed inside the store between 7:30 am and 8 pm.

Stop & Shop, in Sand Hill Plaza at 228 South Main Street, is following a store policy that went into effect on March 19. The supermarket is open from 6 to 7:30 am for its customers age 60 and over; the store opens at 7:30 for all customers.

Stop & Shop is open daily until 8 pm. Online pick-up has been suspended.

A customer heads out from Stop & Shop early Friday morning, March 20, after doing some shopping at the southern Newtown supermarket. All three of the town’s supermarkets have curtailed their hours until further notice. Each is also offering early shopping for senior citizens. —Bee Photo, Hicks
The southern entrance to Big Y World Class Market on Queen Street hosts a notice that alerts customers to curtailed hours, as well as special hours for those who are older, as well as those who have compromised health systems. The store has expanded that early shopping offer from a 30-minute window announced earlier this week to the currently posted 60-minute window. —Bee Photo, Hicks
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