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    March 19, 2020

    EL CENTRO — In response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), large chain stores as well as other businesses in Imperial Valley have adjusted their hours of operation.

    Some stores have even implemented designated shopping times for senior citizens, their caretakers, first responders and special needs customers.

    Vons: For both Vons stores in the Valley (El Centro and Brawley), special shopping days have been designated.

    From 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Mondays to Fridays, this time will be for customers who are seniors (65 and older), pregnant and those with a disability or compromised immune system.

    These hours went into effect on Wednesday.

    The current hours of operation for both stores are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    The pharmacy at both locations will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and Saturdays.

    Cardenas Market: Starting today, both Cardenas Markets in the Valley (Calexico and El Centro) will reserve its first hour of the business day for seniors and first responders.

    A news release from Cardenas Markets said setting aside the first hour for seniors and first responders will continue until further notice.

    “Cardenas Markets will be reserving its first hour of being open to ensure its customers may shop for their daily groceries in a safe and worry-free environment,” the news release stated.

    “We have been working closely with our food suppliers to ensure that high demand items become available and are placed on the store shelves as quickly as possible,” Adam Salgado, chief marketing officer for Cardenas Markets, said. “We also continue to address and monitor the safety of our stores, our team members and our customers as we attempt to provide the best service possible.”

    Target: As of Wednesday, Target in El Centro will close at 9 p.m.

    Also starting Wednesday, Target reserved the first hour of shopping each Wednesday for vulnerable guests – including elderly and those with underlying health concerns.

    Every Wednesday, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., will be designated for older adults (60+) and those who have compromised immune systems.

    The retailer is encouraging other guests to plan their shopping trips around this timeframe.

    The hours of operation for the store are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday to Saturday.

    “Families are counting on Target for critical supplies during this challenging time, and we’ll continue to do all that we can to keep our stores open,” Brian Cornell, chairman and CEO of Target, said. “For weeks, we’ve been responding to the impact of the coronavirus by taking care of our team, rigorously cleaning our stores and helping our guests find the food, medicine and other essentials they need for themselves and their families.”

    Walmart: Starting today, all three Walmart stores in the Valley (Calexico, El Centro and Brawley) will be open from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. until further notice.

    “This will further help associates restock the shelves for customers while continuing to clean and sanitize the store,” a news release from Walmart stated. “While the store hours change for customers, our associates will continue to have access to their regular scheduled shifts and full hours.”

    Beginning Tuesday through April 28, the stores will host an hour-long senior shopping event every Tuesday for customers ages 60 and older.

    Vincent Osuna, I.V. Press staff writer