Good afternoon from Butler & Bailey Market.
I hope everyone is adapting to the new normal! It has sure been an interesting week! At the store, we are getting our legs back under us, and I feel like we have established a very good pace with our adjusted store hours as well as being closed two days a week. Those were tough decisions, and I really appreciate all the positive feedback we have received from you concerning those decisions!
I want you to know our present circumstances at the store are turning positive. We are getting our trucks in with relative consistency, and it looks like supplies are going to continue to improve moving forward. It certainly helps us to control this by limiting our hours. One of us usually spends every day on the phone procuring things from all over the Southeast, and we are having success. I think the biggest thing that will be missing for a while is anything that says “antibacterial” on it. Otherwise, we continue to get a pretty good supply of paper products, as well as everything else.
I guess the new trend in everyday life is going to be social distancing. While this may be a problem for some, anyone that knows me well would probably agree that I am an expert in this. I could probably teach a class at Harvard about it. Thankfully, society is finally catching up to me, after I have felt so left out for the past fifty-three years.
If you are new to this trend, I can make some suggestions to you that I have developed over a lifetime:
I hope some of these suggestions will help you cope with the coming days of social distancing. I have been doing it all my life and can tell you it’s not so bad.
Getting back to store business, I want to remind you that our store hours are from 9:00 am until 7:00 pm. We also will be closed on Wednesdays and Sundays. I know these changes are hard to get used to, but please do your best to plan your shopping based on these hours.
We are not doing any curbside service or delivery at this time. We have had a lot of calls about this and if anything changes, I will let you know.
One thing I have changed is starting tomorrow, every Saturday and Tuesday, we will open from 8 am until 9 am exclusively for people in the high-risk categories to shop. We have had a lot of calls about this, so this is the plan we put in place. Please let anyone know that falls in this category that 8 to 9 on Saturdays and on Tuesdays will be dedicated exclusively to them for shopping. If you do not fall in this category, please help us support this initiative by waiting until 9 am to shop.
Once again, I think we will all get through this as long as we continue to practice patience, understanding, and respect to one another. I will continue to keep you updated with any changes and look forward to the day we are back to business as usual!
Thanks for letting us be a part of your community,