Coronavirus: Dorothy Lane Market makes ‘neighborly request’ to protect older shoppers

First hour of business each day will primarily be for customers with less-robust immune systems

Dorothy Lane Market has made what it calls a “neighborly request” designed to protect the health of older customers and those with conditions that weaken their body’s defenses.

"Out of consideration for our neighbors who are older or may have compromised immune systems, we kindly ask that you consider doing your shopping after 8 a.m., to allow these dear folks to shop first between the hours of 7 a.m. and 8 a.m.," the family-operated, three-store grocery chain said on its Facebook page. "We know that everyone has different circumstances, so we are simply making a neighborly request. We wish all of you safety and good health."

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The request resonated positively with users of the social-media platform. The post had picked up more than 1,700 “likes/loves” and had been shared more than 900 times as of this morning, March 19.

Comments were overwhelmingly supportive.

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“Thank you so much! Very reassuring,” one commenter wrote.

Another commenter said, “Thank you DLM. And don’t worry about the 7-8 a.m. time frame. We older folk are early risers.”

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Current hours for all three DLM stores in Oakwood, Washington Twp. and Springboro are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

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