Retailer adds sneeze guards in stores

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SpartanNash said Tuesday that it is installing 1,420 36-inch square, clear plexiglass sneeze guards at its 155 corporate-owned retail stores, pharmacies and Quick Stop fuel centers. Courtesy SpartanNash

A locally based grocery chain began installing sneeze guards at the checkout lane for all its retail stores, pharmacies and gas stations.

Byron Center-based SpartanNash said Tuesday that it is installing 1,420 36-inch square, clear plexiglass sneeze guards at its 155 corporate-owned retail stores, pharmacies and Quick Stop fuel centers as an added measure of safety for its family of associates and store guests.

Every cashier station, deli counter, pharmacy, customer service counter and fuel center checkout will have the added safety measure installed by April 3.

The sneeze guards are made from plexiglass and are “more impact resistant than glass while retaining similar optical qualities,” the company said.

The sanitary barriers can be sanitized using nonabrasive cleaners.

In keeping with SpartanNash’s commitment to adhering to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines while redoubling its sanitation and cleaning procedures, the sneeze guards will be sanitized at least every 30 minutes.

“As we navigate these uncertain times, our company has two top priorities: the well-being and safety of our family of associates, customers and communities; and supporting health officials and government leaders to contain the virus,” said Tom Swanson, EVP and general manager, retail operations, SpartanNash.

“We take this responsibility very seriously. The sneeze guards are an added measure of safety for our associates and customers. Our teams are working diligently to get them installed as quickly as possible.”

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