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Ennis grocery store making adjustments as pandemic continues

Posted at 7:32 PM, Apr 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-10 16:10:48-04

Adjustments — everyone is having to make them, including a local grocery store in Ennis.

“We deliver out from 50 from Ennis,” explained Chris Gentry, the owner of Madison Foods.

Madison Foods is a smaller grocery store, but when the pandemic started, they were challenged to keep up with the bigger chain stores.

“We had people in larger cities were coming out to rural communities. We pulled a lot from bigger communities as their larger grocery stores were out of products," Gentry said.

So, the store was forced to make some adjustments to keep up with the community’s needs.

“We have personal shoppers. Basically, they’ll take their list with them. If we have any questions, we’ll call you back or email you back, and then when you pull up into the parking lot, if it’s curbside, we’ll bring your groceries out to you,” she explained.

While most of the grocery store is getting adjusted to the changes, one department says this pandemic hasn’t changed a whole lot for them, especially with sanitation.

“Well, whenever you work with food, especially prepared food and raw meat and stuff like that, there’s always a strict guideline as far as that, so no, you don’t change anything as far as that goes,” said Jeremy Ramirez, the meat department manager.

For this store owner, it’s not about profit or convenience, it’s about safety.

“I encourage everybody whether you’re sick or healthy to use this. It decreases exposure to my staff that’s in here all the time and it decreases the exposure to customers that are in here," Gentry said.

The store will continue to make adjustments to meet the needs of the community. To utilize the store's services, you can call 406-682-4306 or email them at madisonfoodsonthefly@gmail.com.