During these difficult times, it’s been heartwarming to see companies step up, building community, and helping those in need. Under government regulations, non-essential businesses have shut its doors in hopes to help flatten the covid curve. Of course, grocery stores and pharmacies remain open and in operation.
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Thankfully, a number of grocery chains across Montreal have allocated special opening hours to senior citizens. More specifically, Maxi and Provigo are opening their doors exclusively to seniors between 7am and 8am, from Monday to Friday.
Of course, senior citizens are asked to prioritize alternative grocery methods (ie.: grocery delivery, help from friends and family, etc.). However, this extra hour can help those who absolutely need it. In a press release, Loblaws Inc. (who owns both grocery chains), expressed that this time slot would allow for a “quieter, less crowded environment.”
It is encouraged to call your local Maxi and Provigo to confirm these special hours. It’s always best to be safe! Thankfully, a number of other stores have adopted similar time slots for senior citizens.
It’s great to see large businesses taking part in giving back to the community. These special hours allow senior citizens to avoid crowds and most importantly, avoid panic buyers. It will give them better access to the essentials, giving them first pick of stocked items.
Loblaw Companies Limited is Canada’s food and pharmacy leader. They are the country’s largest food distributor. Their store divisions include Independent, Valu-Mart, Shoppers Drug Mart (ie.: Pharmaprix) and PC Financial.