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Lafayette grocery store opening early for some amid COVID-19

Posted at 12:06 AM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 17:55:17-04

LAFAYETTE — Some stores are doing their part to help out others during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Champagne's Market is among some stores that are opening for special hours for high-risk groups like pregnant women and the elderly.

The grocery store will open one hour early, at 6 a.m., Monday - Friday.

"Not only are they more susceptible to the virus, but it kind of gets crazy here," said Lance Champagne, the assistant manager. "People run into each other, and it kind of gets semi-dangerous for the elderly."

Champagne says everyone has a role in their community and making sure their customers get what they need is theirs.

"If that means we have to work a little bit longer, stay open a little later to do our part to help people that need food and the very basics to stay alive, we're more than happy to do that," explained Champagne.

Some shoppers say the idea is great because regular store hours can get hectic.

"I think their family members should definitely support them and take them to the stores early in the morning," said shopper Claire James. "Let them get what they need because people are buying things off the shelves."

If you can't make it to the store at that time or you simply don't want to, there are other options. You could get your groceries delivered with the help of companies like Shipt.

"We do the grocery shopping for the customers," said Shipt Shopper Kandase Leblanc. "We text them while we're shopping, and we deliver them to their homes."

Shipt customers also have the options to pick their groceries up at the store or right outside their front door to avoid person-to-person contact.

"Now, they have the option to select it on their own, so that way, we leave them at the door, and we text them afterwards to let them know everything is there," explained Leblanc.