Slowly Getting Back to Normal

Good afternoon from Butler & Bailey Market.

I hope everyone is having a good week! We are all coming of a day off here, so we are ready to go.  We had a good surprise this morning when we showed up for work!  Our Thursday truck finally showed up on Thursday.  Hopefully, all of these small victories will finally add up to normalcy around here.  I think I can speak for everyone when I say it will be nice to get back to normal!

While our truck today continued to have a lot of outs, we are getting more and more items in from one truck to the next.  The usual suspects are still scarce, paper products, cleaning supplies, and, of course, dry yeast.  Our produce, deli/bakery, and meat departments are still the best stocked departments, but the grocery department is starting to catch up finally.

We are still trying to figure out how to start extending our store hours back to normal, but, as of this writing, we still do not have the available staff to add any new hours.  As I have mentioned before, several of our younger staff members have not worked throughout this pandemic.  Some have started coming back, but, until most of the rest of them are ready, we will continue to limit our hours.

Finally, it looks like things are going to start opening up in the next few days.  While I am glad to see this happening, I am not sure much has changed with the course of this virus.  I want you to know we are going to continue with the safety procedures that we have used since the beginning of this mess.  We will continue to do so until we get the “all safe” word from the Knox County Health Department.

Enjoy your newfound freedoms, and we will see you in the store!

Thanks for letting us be a part of your community!

Tom Butler

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