SULPHUR, Okla. (KXII) - Several stores across the nation have changed hours and policies to protect employees and customers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sooner Foods operates a store in Sulphur as well as Davis and Tishomingo. They recently designated a special time each morning for customers 60 and older to shop in a safer setting.
Sulphur resident Carol Dilbeck stopped by Friday morning to get some breakfast items before work.
"We know it's a really serious thing and what's going on," Dilbeck said. "This is such a good thing for us."
People over 60, like Dilbeck, can now exclusively shop at Sooner Food locations from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. each morning when the store is still fairly clean and stocked.
"You can come here and don't have to be around a whole lot of people," Dilbeck said. "You can get what you need and get on out, you know?"
Eric Szalaj is the retail operations manager for the three stores and said, for the most part, other customers have been respectful of the change.
"A lot of our clientele is elderly so we're trying to give them the opportunity to shop without the biggest crowds of the day since they're the most susceptible," Szalaj said.
Sooner Foods said they have worked to remain stocked but they say toilet paper and hamburger meat have been tough to get.
"We've had a few people making special runs to go get hamburger meat, make sure we have it in here," Szalaj said. "We're doing everything we can and looking at other avenues to get product into the store."
Sooner Foods said they also offer online shopping and grocery delivery within 10 miles of their stores.
"I just really am pleased that we have this, to know that we can come early and get out and get our shopping done," Dilbeck said.
Green Spray in Durant will host a special senior shopping time on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.
LOCAL STORES HOLDING SPECIAL SHOPPING TIMES:
Sooner Foods (8 a.m. to 9 a.m.):
705 East Main Street
Davis, OK 73030
Phone: (580) 369-2334
815 West Broadway Avenue
Sulphur, OK 73086
Phone: (580) 622-2828
101 South Byrd Street
Tishomingo, OK 73460
Phone: (580) 371-2234
Super C Mart (from open to 9 a.m.):
515 E. HWY 70
Kingston, Oklahoma 73439
HOURS: Monday - Saturday : 7am - 8pm Sunday : 8am - 7pm
1049 U.S. HWY 70 A
Wilson, Oklahoma 73463
HOURS: Monday - Sunday : 8am - 8pm
Homeland (first hour of being open):
205 N. Commerce
Ardmore, OK 73401
Hours 7 a.m to 9 p.m.
201 Colston Dr.
Marietta, OK 73448
Pruett's Food (before and after-hours shopping, made by appointment):
ADA - (580) 436-4302
Store Manager - John
ANTLERS - (580) 298-5577
Store Manager - Brian
ATOKA - (580) 889-2392
Store Manager - Danny
DURANT - (580) 924-3181
Store Manager - Mike
VALLIANT - (580) 933-5700
Store Manager - Stacey