Woolworths slashes trading hours at 41 stores to make way for home delivery for elderly shoppers & those with a disability
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By Amy Sinclair
March 25 2020
Woolworths has announced that 41 stores across Australia will slash their trading hours to 11am to 6pm from Thursday, March 26, onwards to allow for the home delivery of their most vulnerable during the coronavirus pandemic.
Says Woolworths: ‘These 41 “Priority Delivery Hubs” will use the additional hours the stores are not open to customers to pick online orders, with a focus on meeting the increased demand from “Priority Assistance” customers which includes the elderly, people with disability, those with compromised immunity and people in mandatory isolation.
Woolworths Group CEO Brad Banducci says: “At Woolworths we are focused on supporting the most vulnerable in the community during these challenging times.
“To help support getting basic food and essentials to those that need it most, our teams have been doing everything they can to scale up online and home deliveries to the elderly, people with disabilities or those in mandatory self-isolation.
“Following an extraordinary level of demand for groceries in recent weeks, reducing trading hours in a small number of our stores to turn them into ‘Priority Delivery Hubs’ will help us assist more people who can’t access a store to get products they need.
“At a time when hunger relief charities are seeing a surge in demand for providing meals and basic essentials, we’re also pleased to increase our commitment to our partners OzHarvest, Foodbank and FareShare.
"We hope our additional long term support will help them with any gaps they are facing as they continue to help those most in need in the community.”
Woolworths introduced Priority Assistance home deliveries last week to help our most vulnerable Aussies access essential groceries. Head here to find out more and register.
The stores that will have their trading hours reduced to 11am to 6pm from March 26 onwards are:
Amy Sinclair is a former editor who loves all things food, cooking and eating - especially the eating! When she's not looking after her three children, you'll find her in the kitchen or busily hiding online shopping purchases from her husband.