Edwardsville, IL-based Chef’s Shoppe Gourmet Kitchen has reopened. According to a customer e-newsletter, the retailer has opened with reduced hours and staff, and will continue to offer curbside pick-up.
In the customer newsletter, store owners Nancy Schneider, who co-owns the store with husband Scott, said it qualifies as an essential business and has brought some staff members back in to support customers. The retailer has put several safety regulations in order to ensure the safety of its associates and customers.
For example, the retailer said it is abiding by the mandate of the Illinois governor, asking customers to wear masks, and associates will be wearing masks when they are assisting customers. The retailer has also added social distancing markings on the store’s floor and have asked customers to navigate aisles one way.
In addition, the Schneiders have installed plexiglass shields in front of all the registers to have a barricade between associates at the register and customers and there are also tables set out in front of the register areas to allow for a little more distancing.
Other precautions including sanitizing stations throughout the store and for now, the store will not be providing sample of its gourmet foods. It will provide samples of olive oil and vinegars, as well as serve coffee, upon customer request.
Additionally, Chef’s Shoppe said for those with compromised immune systems, it will set up a time prior to its normal opening hour.