Restoring America: WNC grocery stores adapt through evolving pandemic – Person Times

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Bobby Sullivan, manager at French Broad Co-Op, speak about the measures the store is taking to assist prevent the spread of COVID-19. Asheville Citizen Times

ASHEVILLE – Bobby Sullivan isn’t sure when supermarket in America will go back to what they were pre-pandemic — or if they ever will.

As general supervisor of the French Broad Food Co-op in downtown Asheville, he stated the coronavirus has actually brought”a time for innovation” as staff members on various levels interact to react to unique demands. The organic food store has carried out numerous steps that have become commonplace for grocers: more cleansing, necessary masks for all partners, an elimination of self-serve hot and salad bars and restrictions on structure capacity. However Sullivan said the co-op’s response has been particularly strict.”Being a health food store, you know, this is a health crisis,”he said.”So, we seemed like, for us, it made sense to be out front of individual

protective devices, social distancing, all that things, no matter how upset people were with us.” Buy Photo The French Broad Co-Op has taken measures to help avoid the spread of coronavirus while keeping its doors open on French Broad Ave in downtown Asheville March 25, 2020.< meta itemprop ="copyrightHolder "content= "Angela Wilhelm/awilhelm@citizentimes.com

“/ > (Photo: Angela Wilhelm/awilhelm@citizentimes.com )French Broad began distributing disposable gloves at its door and now requires them for

entry. The shop repositioned its cash registers to better enable social distancing and converted one register to procedure curbside pickup orders, allowing consumers to location orders online, pay over the phone and have products brought out to their vehicle. More: Coronavirus and food safety: Is takeout safe? Groceries? Guidance from NC State The co-op closed its

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