Dedicated shopping times at Sainsbury’s in Harborough for NHS staff, the elderly and disabled

The move comes after a wave of panic buying stripped shelves of everything from meat and fish to eggs, bread and toilet rolls

Monday, 23rd March 2020, 11:57 am
Updated Monday, 23rd March 2020, 11:58 am

NHS staff, the elderly and disabled are being given dedicated shopping times at Sainsbury’s superstore in Market Harborough.

If you have got NHS ID you will be able to specially shop from 7.30am-8am every day from Monday to Saturday at the town centre store.

And Sainsbury’s, the town’s biggest superstore, is dedicating 8am-9am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday to serving elderly customers, disabled customers and carers.

Dedicated shopping times at Sainsburys in Harborough for NHS staff, the elderly and disabled

The move comes after a wave of panic buying stripped shelves of everything from meat and fish to eggs, bread and toilet rolls.

A spokesman for the superstore giant said they were acting after being inundated with requests for “priority shopping for NHS workers and for elderly and disabled customers”.

He said: “We’re delighted to be able to offer priority shopping to all the hard-working NHS staff across the country who are working so hard to keep us all safe and well.”

The spokesman added: “Many of you have also asked about priority online delivery slots for elderly, disabled and vulnerable customers.

“We have been able to identify a number of customers as elderly and vulnerable based on the information they have given us previously.

“These details would include date of birth and if you have ever used our vulnerable customer helpline.

“For all of these customers, we will email you with information on when slots will become available.

“If you do not receive an email and you consider yourself to be vulnerable, please visit our Groceries Online website on Monday for information on how to contact us.

“We are also working as quickly as possible on an option for people to register themselves as disabled and vulnerable on their online shopping accounts.”

Sainsbury’s in Market Harborough will now be opening from 8am-8pm Monday to Saturday and 10am-4pm on a Sunday.