Grand Rapids’ Meijer today announced it plans to install plexiglass shields beginning next week at the checkout lanes at all of its 248 stores across the Midwest to help protect its employees and customers against COVID-19.
Other steps Meijer has taken to prevent the spread of the disease include:
- Suspending the use of reusable bags by customers unless they’re being used for the Shop and Scan program,
- Discontinuing the acceptance of bottle returns at its Michigan stores,
- Temporarily removing Sandy the Pony from the front end of its stores, and
- Marking X’s on the floor 6 feet apart in areas where customers congregate such as check lanes, pharmacy, and service desk counters. Workers are also reminding customers to stand on the X’s while they wait in lines, and Meijer suggests that customers use the length of their shopping carts to gauge appropriate distance from others where there are no X’s.
Meijer was founded in 1934 and has stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, and Wisconsin.
In related news, Livonia’s Pet Supplies Plus today announced all of its stores across 34 states will remain open and are now offering free two-hour curbside pickup. Pet stores have been designated as essential businesses. Pet owners can order online, and store employees will gather and package customers’ items and bring them to their vehicles.
In addition, select stores are delivering pet food and supplies directly to owners’ homes during the pandemic and moving forward. These stores are in Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.
Pet Supplies Plus has more than 490 locations.