covid 19 uPDATES
Posted on Facebook on March 25, 2020
Monday night Governor Jay Inslee issued a stay at home directive. This order allows for shopping at grocery stores so we will continue to operate as we have been the last few weeks.
We hope you all are staying safe during these times. We have been impressed with the outpouring of support, offers for help stocking shelves, and offers to help with deliveries for seniors or those at risk. Definitely a silver lining during all of these unfamiliar times. At this point, we are doing okay with all of those, but we will update you if that changes.
𝗔 𝗳𝗲𝘄 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗱𝗼 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗽:
Our employees are on the frontlines ensuring our community has access to the food and products they need during this unprecedented pandemic. They are working around the clock to keep our stores open and clean while also providing you kind and quick customer service. We are sanitizing regularly, we have installed plexiglass shields at the checkstands, and we have rolled out a compensation plan for those team members working the front lines. However, we need your help in keeping our employees safe. If you are able, please try to shop just once per week. Any other time, we love seeing you daily -- sometimes even multiple times a day -- but during the recommended social distancing, please do the following to protect our team and our community:
Limit your visits to once per day.
If able please have one person shop. Do not come in a group.
Keep 6 feet between you and our team members or other customers. Do not congregate and chat.
Please make note of the orange tape along the floor in front of the checkstands. This is measured at 6 feet to aid in social distance
I don’t think we ever saw ourselves asking customers to come in less often, but here we are.
𝗨𝗽𝗱𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗦𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝗗𝗲𝗹𝗶 𝗛𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀
Also effective Wednesday, March 25, we are reducing our hours in the service deli from 7am to 5pm to deploy some of those team members to other departments and tasks. Please consider supporting our local restaurants with a take out meal during the dinner hours. We have also disabled our lottery ticket vending machine until further notice.
Stay safe and continue to practice good social distancing.
Posted on Facebook on March 23, 2020
We are so glad so many customers are using our curbside pickup up! We have created a new form to streamline things on our end. This is available on our website. If you hover over the “Contact Us” page, the curbside drop down menu will pop up and you can place your order from there or follow this link: https://www.ajmarket.com/curbside-pick-up-during-covid-19
Customers can also call the store 427-5491 to place an order if they would prefer that over the website.
Stay healthy and practice good social distancing (even in the store)!
Posted on Facebook on March 18, 2020
We are partnering with Skamania Senior Services to deliver grocery orders for homebound seniors on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Orders need to be emailed to by 4pm on Monday and Wednesday or called into the store at 427-5491.
Posted on Facebook on March 17, 2020
We are diligently working on a curbside pickup option for our seniors and immune compromised customers that don’t have family or friends that can help them out. The solution will be a little clunky as we don’t currently use a click and shop platform. Please email us at to inquire about ordering.
We continue to clean and sanitize on a regular timed rotation using best practices provided by our sanitation supplier and the Washington Department of Health.
We are discontinuing the use of reusable bags for the foreseeable future and we have removed customer seating in the service deli. Donuts are also being kept behind the counter at the deli/bakery.
A couple of things we would like to ask you to consider:
Use a credit or debit card whenever possible to avoid our cashiers handling cash.
Please don’t shop if you are sick or anyone in your home has symptoms of the disease.
Reserve the hours of 7 am to 8 am for seniors and immune compromised customers.
Please keep distance between you and the next customer in the aisles.
We are ordering merchandise twice a week but are at the mercy of the current supply chain limitations and shortages. As we get products, we are limiting purchases to one paper item per customer and when we begin to receive disinfectant, rubbing alcohol and bleach the same restrictions will apply.
We will close at 8 pm for the foreseeable future to provide additional time for disinfecting and restocking.
Please remember to be kind to one another, practice proper social distancing, help a senior or neighbor in need (possibly by offering to shop for them or pick up a meal to-go at a local restaurant), and support your local restaurant with takeout. We are stronger together and we will get through this.
Posted in store and on Facebook on March 17, 2020
In order to protect our employees and customers we will no longer be allowing the use of reusable shopping bags.
Thank you for your understanding.
Posted to Facebook March 16, 2020
For the foreseeable future we will close at 8 pm so that our staff can have additional time to re-stock and clean and sanitize. Thank you for your patience during this time. More information will be forthcoming as we finalize some additional measures and next steps.
Posted to Facebook March 14, 2020
During these unprecedented times we are doing our part to keep our community and staff safe and healthy. While there are still no known cases of COVID-19 in Skamania County, we will be helping to prevent the spread of COVID 19 and will also be trying to keep our doors open to provide our community with access to food. Over the past two weeks we have increased cleaning and disinfecting efforts to help decrease the spread of germs, just like many other local businesses.
𝗚𝗿𝗼𝗰𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝗦𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗖𝗮𝗽𝗮𝗰𝗶𝘁𝘆
At this time, capacity of the grocery store is not exceeding 250 people so we are not planning to limit the number of customers in the store at any given time. However, we would encourage customers to shop during our slower times (before 9 am) and if that changes, we would notify customers via social media and email subscribers.
𝗦𝘁𝗼𝗰𝗸 𝗼𝗳 𝗜𝘁𝗲𝗺𝘀
We are keeping our shelves as full as possible, but as you may have noticed we -- just like many retailers -- are currently out of toilet paper and hand sanitizer. If and when we are able to receive these from our wholesaler, we will continue to limit the quantity customers are able to buy as it comes in.
𝗔𝗹𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗜𝗻-𝗦𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗦𝗵𝗼𝗽𝗽𝗶𝗻𝗴
At this point in time, we do not have an alternative to in-store shopping (online ordering or email ordering) set up, but are working diligently to get that in place for customers who are immune compromised or have preexisting conditions so they can minimize their risk. We hope to have that in place by Monday and will share that information on Facebook and with our email subscribers when it is available.
𝗦𝘁𝗮𝘆 𝗦𝗮𝗳𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵𝘆!
Whether you’re shopping with us or elsewhere, please be kind to your retail and food industry employees and also fellow shoppers. These staff members are doing the best that they can during these times. Take care of yourself, take care of your neighbors if you’re able, wash your hands, and stay home if you’re sick!