CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Charlotte Observer) - Some Charlotte area liquor stores will be open an hour early for seniors to shop amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Jason Hughes, CEO of the Mecklenburg County ABC Commission, said starting April 7, 10 liquor stores will open 9 to 10 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays for people age 65 and older to shop “to help them maybe feel a little safer coming in.”
It’s a similar move most grocery stores have made to give seniors and the most vulnerable time to shop to stop the spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus.
The following stores will open one hour for seniors only:
▪ 4706 N. Tryon St.
▪ 7212 E. Independence Blvd.
▪ 4315 Sunset Road
▪ 3904 Colony Road, Suite E
▪ 9500 South Blvd.
▪ 3425 Pineville-Matthews Road
▪ 19701 Statesville Road, Cornelius
▪ 5715 Prosperity Church Road
▪ 9737 Callabridge Court
▪ 6318 Providence Farm Lane
Hughes also said the ABC stores are hiring. He said they bring in people to hire monthly. Apply online at meckabc.com/Careers/Career-Opportunities.
OTHER SAFETY MEASURES
Last month, stores began closing two hours earlier than usual. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
In order to maintain 6 feet of social distancing as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ABC store workers will retrieve items and direct customers to the checkout to pay.
“Until further notice, customers will not be allowed to shop among the aisles in our stores,” the ABC board says online.
POSSIBLE ‘BUYBACK PROGRAM’
Hughes said the monthly April board meeting has been moved up to 1:30 p.m. April 14 “to help expedite discussing a buyback program to help some of these bar and restaurant owners return at least a portion of their liquor.”
Restaurant and bar sales were down 47.5% last month compared to a year ago after Cooper ordered them to close, other than takeout and delivery, on March 17.
Meanwhile, ABC stores saw a nearly 30% jump in sales compared to a year ago.