Homeland Grocery Stores adding new policies to flatten COVID-19 curve

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ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - Oklahoma based grocery store Homeland is making changes to its policies to flatten the spread of coronavirus.

Homeland grocery store in Ardmore is adding new policies to flatten the COVID-19 curve.

"We're trying to feed the communities that we serve, and we're trying to do that in a way that it's safe for not only for our employees but certainly for our customers,” said Homeland Marketing Director.

Maxwell said every step is taken to ensure safety, and people can expect changes within the next few days. New things coming in include arrows to direct shoppers through one-way aisles and limiting people from entering the store.

“So, we’re trying to create an environment where all of us can go about our business and we can provide the food people need,” said Maxwell.

Customers like Jennifer Turner said one of the new changes is the store’s new hours that went into effect Monday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. with 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. dedicated to seniors.

"I'm happy here. I would rather come here than anywhere else,” said Turner

John McCuistion of Madill said he supports the new rules, but says other customers should still be mindful.

"I make sure I keep an eye on everybody around me, but I keep my distance, I'm not worried about the store. They keep it clean,” said McCuistion

Maxwell said a new company-wide policy includes paying employees an additional $100 per week, even on sick days.

"We know that we have increased our volume and we think it's only fair that our employee owners benefit and are rewarded for their service that they're going above and beyond,” said Maxwell.