As the state and the nation deals with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, and people are concerned about our food supply, the supply chain has been strengthened. The good news is that the trucks are continuing to arrive with more product. The bad news is that product is flying off the shelves as fast as groceries can restock.

Many grocers throughout Chaffee County have ordered additional quantities to try and keep up with demand and are offering dedicated hours for Senior Citizens (Seniors) and ‘At Risk’ individuals to shop. Many groceries and pharmacies have also recently changed their hours to allow for sufficient time for cleaning and restocking.

With good supplies coming in to the county, stores report that people appear to be hording, which is creating shortages. Signs posted in stores and at store entry points ask people to please be mindful to only buy what they need — to try to leave stock for others.

Below is a breakdown of groceries and pharmacies current hours, Seniors and ‘At Risk’ individuals shopping hours and if they have limits on products.

 Safeway, Salida

Hours: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Sunday

Dedicated shopping hours for Seniors and At Risk individuals: 7 a.m. – 9 a.m., Tuesdays & Thursdays

Limits on certain products when in stock, such as toilet paper, paper towels, etc..

Walmart, Salida

Hours: 7 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Monday – Sunday starting today, March 19, 2020

Dedicated Shopping Hours for Seniors: 6 a.m. – 7 a.m., Tuesdays

Limits on certain products when in stock, such as toilet paper, paper towels, etc.. 

LaGrees, Poncha Springs:

Hours: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Sunday (for the grocery side only)

Dedicated shopping hours for Seniors, At Risk individuals* or those individuals shopping for Seniors or At Risk Individuals: 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. daily

Limits on certain products when in stock, such as toilet paper, paper towels, etc.. 

City Market, Buena Vista

Hours: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Sunday

Dedicated shopping hours for Seniors: 6 a.m.- 7 a.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Limits on certain products when in stock such as, eggs, milk, bread, toilet paper, paper towels, etc.

Groceries without dedicated shopping hours for Seniors or ‘At Risk’ individuals*:

Natural Grocers. Salida

Bulk foods shelves at Natural Grocers and community plea to save some for others   Photo – Merrell Bergin

Hours: 8:30am – 7:30pm Monday – Saturday; 9 a.m. -7:30 p.m. Sunday

No dedicated shopping times for Seniors and At Risk individuals*, however it was suggested that they come early in the morning, their least busy time.

No required limits on certain products when in stock but there are notices in the store, strongly suggesting that people limit their purchase of certain items

Dollar Tree, Salida

Hours: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Saturday; 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday

Ark Valley Voice has reached out to Dollar Tree regarding dedicated shopping hours for Seniors and limits on products but has not received a response at the time of this writing of this article.  

Simple Foods, Salida  

Simple Foods has made the difficult decision to close their doors. They reiterated that this was not due to the COVID-19 pandemic and that the decision was made over 10 days ago.

Their last open day will be tomorrow, Friday, March 20. They will be open from noon – 6 p.m. and all product in the store will be 40% off.

The Lettucehead Food Company, Buena Vista

Hours: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Saturday

No dedicated shopping times for Seniors and no limits on products when in stock

Family Dollar, Buena Vista

Hours: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Sunday

No dedicated shopping times for Seniors and no limits on products when in stock

*At Risk individuals include pregnant women and individuals with compromised immune systems

Some Pharmacies have also changed their hours and their practices to accommodate ‘social distancing’:

Salida Pharmacy and Fountain, Salida

Hours: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday; 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday

Customers have three ways to pick-up their prescriptions. They can pick up their prescriptions in person, park out back and an employee can bring out their prescription to their car or they can have their prescriptions delivered to their homes for a small fee (i.e $1 fee for delivery within a certain radius) Fountain drinks and ice cream are also available for pickup or delivery.

Buena Vista Drug, Buena Vista:

Hours: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday; 9 a.m. – 1 p.m, Saturday (Pharmacy); 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (store)

Buena Vista Drug is asking customers to distance themselves from each other and have three ways to pick up prescriptions and over-the-counter items. Customers can pick up their prescriptions in person, have the pharmacy deliver to your home for a small fee ($1 for up to 3 miles) or use the drive–thru to pick up prescriptions. Customers can also call ahead and ask an employee to shop for over-the-counter items for them and delivery them via the drive-thru.

Walmart Pharmacy, Salida

Hours: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday – Friday; 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday

No change to in store purchasing

Safeway pharmacy, Salida

Hours: 8 a.m.  -8 p.m. Monday – Friday; 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday

No change to in store purchasing

HRRMC Pharmacy, Salida 

Hours:  9:30am – 5:30pm Monday – Friday

Customers have two ways to pick-up their prescriptions, at curbside or free delivery.  They can drive to HRRMC pharmacy and walk up.  There are medical screeners at the entrance of the Hospital. If your prescription is ready, the screeners will go in and get it for you.  If you haven’t had it filled yet, the screener will take your prescription into the pharmacy to have it filled.  You will need to wait in your car.  They will then bring it out to your car.  The other option is to call HRRMC pharmacy at 719-539-2430 option 0 and ask for the delivery option.

City Market Pharmacy, Salida 

Hours:  9am- 6pm Monday – Friday;  9am-8pm  Saturday;  10-5pm  Sunday

Customers can walk-in to get their prescriptions filled