Plexiglass window in place at Dierbergs' Market Place location in Chesterfield, Mo.
Dierbergs shoppers will begin noticing adifference at checkout lanes as the St. Louis-based grocer rolls out plexiglass partitions atits registers. The partitions will cover the front and back side of thecheckout areas.
“This is an effort to create a safer environment for customersand associates during the coronavirus pandemic,” noted Jamie Collins, VP marketing at Dierbergs, pointing to such other recently adopted protocols at the grocer as sanitizing commonly used areasmore often, including cashier stations, self-checkouts, credit cardterminals, conveyor belts and door handles.
The installations at all stores will becomplete by Tuesday, March 24. In addition to the partitions, Dierbergs isrecommending that customers keep a distance of 6 feet – roughly the distance oftwo cart lengths – between themselves and others as much as possible and is evaluating additional ways to communicate this in store during busy times of the day.
“We are getting a lot of positive customer reaction to thiseffort in our stores,” Collins said of the windows, which appear to be the next measure undertaken by grocers to further protect shoppers and associates.
Hy-Vee, Albertsons' Shaw’s/Star Market division, Publix Super Markets, Haggen, Big Y, Giant Eagle, Meijer, Walmat, The Kroger Co., Harris Teeter, Sendik's Markets,Tops Markets, Superior Grocers, Lunds/Byerly's, Wegmans and Southeastern Grocers are among the other grocers that have also installed windows at checkout.
Dierbergs employs more than 4,000 associates at 24 St. Louis metropolitan-area stores and a location at Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks.