Pioneer Market adjusts hours, makes alterations for seniorsFree Access



The lines were long Tuesday morning at Pioneer Market where senior citizens were allowed to shop following changes made by the supermarket. Photo courtesy Ron Iudice

The lines were long Tuesday morning at Pioneer Market where senior citizens were allowed to shop following changes made by the supermarket. Photo courtesy Ron Iudice

If aliens came to Mariposa right now and were hoping to observe human life, they’d want to go to Pioneer Market.

That’s because with the current shelter in place mandate in California tied to the Covid-19 pandemic, most of the activity in Mariposa is at the grocery store. That included Tuesday morning, when dozens of seniors came out in the rain to buy their groceries.

Pioneer Market has instituted a special two-hour window on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-9 a.m. for seniors and the vulnerable population to complete their shopping.

“We are encouraging the seniors or those at risk to shop at that time,” said Mike Lilley, general manager. “But we’re not out there enforcing it.”

Pioneer Market has also changed its operating hours. Starting on Monday, the hours changed from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. until further notice.

“Our thoughts on that are to get everybody home earlier and hopefully calm it down a bit,” said Lilley.

As for the store’s supply, there are still shortages on some items, and some items have limits on the amount which can be purchased.

A few of the highlights:

• “We were able to lift our limit on bread yesterday. We feel good about the supply,” said Lilley.

• There are still limits on beans and rice, as well as water.

• A shortage on toilet paper still remains. “Toilet paper obviously is in a huge shortage across the country,” Lilley said.

• There were no bleach or cleaning supplies Monday night on the latest delivery to Pioneer Market. “We are hoping for Friday,” Lilley said.

• Eggs did arrive on a recent shipment, but should be gone soon. “We were able to get some eggs in. Odds are they will be gone by the end of the day,” Lilley said Tuesday morning.

• In the meat department and produce “we are getting shorted some items here and there, but for the most part they are up and running,” Lilley said.

One response to “Pioneer Market adjusts hours, makes alterations for seniors”

  1. Robert Bustamante says:

    What is this, a picture of a petri dish? The picture shows a lack of understanding, and people just going through the motions. There is no six feet of spacing and I see only a few people wearing masks.

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