By Mike Donoghue
Islander Staff Writer
SOUTH HERO -- Keeler Bay Variety, in the wake of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, said today that it will move to only curbside pick-up and some delivery effective Thursday.
The move means until further notice the popular convenience store on U.S. 2 will not be open for customers to walk in and do their shopping.
Customers are being asked to email in their grocery lists. The best option is to email firstname.lastname@example.org and share the list, the store said.
Keeler Bay plans to call back the customer for payment and to report when the groceries are expected to be ready for pickup outside.
Wendy Horne, an owner, said the turnaround time depends on how many items a customer may request and also how busy the store is at the time.
“This is all new to us,” she said Wednesday afternoon.
Restaurants, grocery stores, auto repair shops and more are adjusting to life following several Executive Orders from Gov. Phil Scott in an effort to slow the deadly virus.
Scott has issued a “Stay Home, Stay Safe Order” that permits essential workers to continue their jobs. But many are adjusting the delivery of services, hours of operations, and placing hand sanitizers and plastic sheets at checkout counters.
Keeler Bay had planned to shift to curbside service for the store starting this Saturday, but for a multitude of reasons the owners said they want to start now.
The store plans to be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day to assist customers.
KBV also can process EBT as a payment over the phone.
For people unable to get to the store, they should indicate in their email they need delivery service. Those details will be worked out when the store employee calls back.
In some rare cases, Keeler Bay said it understands there may be times extenuating circumstances prohibit either curbside or delivery service. Keeler Bay said it is glad to try to find an answer for any customer that calls or emails.