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FireLake Foods reserves first operating hour for seniors and high-risk community members

Staff Writer
The Shawnee News-Star
Sarah Lawrence of the FireLake Wellness Center fulfills online to-go orders at FireLake Discount Foods, Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Employees from across Citizen Potawatomi Nation programs and enterprises have helped at the grocery stores because of the increased demand.

SHAWNEE, OKLA. (March 26, 2020) — To better serve those most vulnerable to COVID-19, FireLake Foods has reserved the first hour of operations for seniors and others deemed high-risk by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

A full list of store hours can be viewed online at Locations include:

FireLake Discount Foods and FireLake Corner Store in Shawnee, OK

FireLake Express Grocery in Tecumseh, OK

FireLake Express Grocery in McCloud, OK

FireLake Foods is also taking the following precautions:

Deep cleaning and fully stocking stores before they open each morning

Offering more on-the-go options at FireLake Discount Foods in Shawnee for high-risk customers with orders of 15 items or less

Implementing a Health Safety Checklist in conjunction with CPN Health Services, which prohibits anyone entering the stores if they:

Are under the age of 65 and have a fever of 100.4 or higher

Are age 65 or older and have a fever of 99.6 or higher

Are experiencing a cough, shortness of breath or have had direct exposure to COVID-19

Additionally, high demand has strained FireLake Foods’ normal wholesaler — staff is working with different suppliers to ensure essentials are always in-stock. This may result in higher prices when only organic products, for example, are available.

“As a local grocer, we know our community places significant faith in us, and we don’t take our commitment to Pottawatomie County lightly,” said Richard Driskell, director of FireLake Foods. “We strive for retail excellence and will continue to do everything we can to keep our shelves fully stocked with needed resources and are prices low.”