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Walmart, Kroger among grocery stores installing plexiglass barriers, social distancing markers amid outbreak

Walmart, Kroger, Albertsons, Publix and other major grocery stores are adding physical barriers to keep customers and employees safe during the coronavirus outbreak. In press releases, both Walmart and Kroger shared that supermarkets would be adding temporary plexiglass sneeze guards to pharmacy lanes and checkout counters. Walmart shared the news Tuesday, confirming that all locations across the country will install the plexiglass shields at store registers in the next 2 to 3 weeks. The company will also be installing the barriers at both Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacy lanes during the same time period. Kroger, which operates several regional chains such as Ralphs, Smith’s and others, also said it would be adding the sneeze guards on Tuesday to its more than 2,700 stores in the coming weeks, USA Today reported. Publix, too, announced this week it would be installing the guards to its store registers. Albertsons grocery stores, which own and operate supermarket chains including Safeway, Shaws, Star Market and Acme, among others, has already started installing the plexiglass barriers to its checkouts at its 2,200 locations. Installation is reportedly expected to be completed by the end of March. In addition to the sneeze guards meant to protect both customers and employees, the major grocery store chains have also implemented social distancing tools by installing floor decals and waiting points designed to keep people six feet away from each other. “Over the coming days and week we are installing floor decals in our stores at both the entrances and in checkout lanes, making it easier for customers to judge the proper social distance from each other,” a press release from Walmart read. On Monday, Albertsons shared it would be installing designated waiting points via floor markers, to be located throughout the store, and especially places where people congregate, e.g., checkout stands, the bakery and deli section, and the pharmacy. “We have seen our customers begin to implement social distancing on their own with our ‘two carts apart’ reminders as they shop our stores, so we think our floor markers will increase awareness,” said Vivek Sankaran, president & CEO of Alberstons brands. The floor markers will be rolling out in stores in the coming weeks, as well.

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Kroger hiring more than 10,000, changing store hours as coronavirus spurs panic buying

Not every business is scaling back amid the coronavirus pandemic. Kroger, one of the largest supermarket chains in the U.S., has openings for thousands of new hires across its various businesses. This news comes as many other companies in the service industry are scaling back due to the pandemic. The grocery chain is hiring for over 10,000 positions nationwide, KPRC reports. Based on Kroger’s website, the open positions are for a variety of jobs, including retail clerks and night crew members, across several different states. Kroger’s CEO, Rodney McMullen, told CNBC’s Closing Bell, “We have relationships with several different other industries where they’re directing their people to us. We have a ton of openings.” The company is looking to fill positions at retail stores, warehouses and plants. The company also announced that it is adjusting store hours at various locations to provide more time to keep the stores “clean, open and stocked,” according to a post that appeared on the company’s Twitter page. These changes include special windows to allow seniors to exclusively shop at the stores, usually giving them an extra hour before the market opens fully to the public. According to Kroger’s website, however, this is not being implemented at all locations. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, reports of long lines and empty shelves at grocery stores have been appearing across the country. Items like bread, toilet paper, pasta and hand sanitizer have been in high-demand. The Food and Drug Administration, however, has said there is no nationwide shortage of food at the present time. “There are no nationwide shortages of food, although in some cases the inventory of certain foods at your grocery store might be temporarily low before stores can restock,” the FDA confirmed. “Food production and manufacturing are widely dispersed throughout the U.S. and there are currently no wide-spread disruptions reported in the supply chain.”

Dem Senators Join Moms Demand Action’s Push for Gun Ban in Kroger

Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) have added their voices to Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America’s campaign for Kroger to ban the open carry of firearms in its stores.

The usual fascist anti-gun suspects are behind this putting the muscle on Kroger (and I suspect its affiliates like King Soopers in Colorado) to ban law-abiding gun owners from open carrying in their grocery stores. That’s what these Democrats are good at; bullying individuals and businesses, and trying to restrict constitutionally-guaranteed freedoms. And these tools are doing this despite the fact that such law-abiding gun owners have thwarted multiple crimes at Kroger stores in recent years. And, consider how grateful those folks at the food plant in Moore, Oklahoma were that a fellow employee had a firearm which stopped that barbarian, Alton Nolen, from beheading ANOTHER employee! Had that brave company COO not had a weapon handy, just imagine how many other people there might have been killed! What would Sen. Dianne Feinstein have suggested in this situation? That the other employees tell Mr. Nolen (after beheading his first victim), “Please stop and give me 5-10 minutes to dial 911 and allow enough time for the police to get here!”?? Where there are more legally-owned firearms, there is less crime. That’s a statistical fact. Don’t believe me? Then pick up a copy of “More Guns, Less Crime” by economist John R. Lott, Jr. Dr. Lott shows, without any doubt, using FBI crime stats and so on…how true that is. John Adams was right. “Facts ARE stubborn things.” But, to Democrat Nazis like Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), facts mean nothing. Its all about feelings. And, such facts don’t support her (and other Dem fascists) extreme liberal anti-gun agendas. So, they deflect, ignore, and twist the truth. I was at a King Soopers store recently here in sunny Colorado, and someone was open carrying a Glock handgun on his belt. He and his wife(?) seemed like nice folks just doing a little grocery shopping. And, nobody I could tell seemed to care that he was carrying. As I passed, I nodded showing my approval, smiled, and said, “morning!” He appreciated that and returned the greeting. Instead of bullying law-abiding gun owners, we should stop and thank them for being good citizens.