Businesses react to COVID-19 situation

Photo by Seth Dukes | The Meade County Messenger Sue Duke and Marlinda “Maury” Stull pose for a photo at Stull’s Country Store in Andyville. They say that business is up as patrons try to find supplies that the big box stores don’t have.

By Seth Dukes

 Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Meade County businesses that remain open are doing their best to adapt.  Though it may be difficult to find meat at the big box stores, Webb’s Butcher Block in Payneville says they have plenty.  “We’ve adapted our model to work on more of an individual scale rather than an industrial scale,” said owner Marty Webb.  He says that they’ve had an increase in regular consumers buying meat for their household, and what’s more, he says they have plenty.  “We’ve got enough here to sell to anyone who needs it,” said Webb.  Webb says that they’ve been taking orders through their Facebook page as well as phone-in orders, and they plan to continue doing that. They’re also sanitizing the store and making sure customers practice social distancing. Dollar General has also adapted their business for the customer. In order to make sure that the needs of all shoppers are met, especially seniors, they are among many businesses that have limited the amount of items an individual can buy, such as toilet paper. They’ve also started a list of seniors that get first dibs on the supply trucks so that their needs can be met. “We’re just trying to take care of everyone that we can and make sure no one gets left out,” said Heather Holt, Lead Sales Associate. In addition to sanitizing the store regularly, they’ve also changed the flow of the checkout line to limit confrontations. “We’ve almost had a fight or two, so we’ve sectioned things off to cut down on that,” Holt said. They’ve began closing an hour early, and they’ve also dedicated the first hour of operation to seniors to make sure everyone gets what they need. They’re also reserving some products, like hand sanitizer, for local EMS and jail personnel. Stull’s Country Store in Andyville has seen an increase in business. Many people have arrived hopeful to get items that have already been picked over at the big box stores. Owner Marlinda “Maury” Stull says that they’re a community store, and their first objective is to take care of the community. They’ve limited some items, and also make an effort to follow all guidelines set up by the CDC. “We want to make sure we take care of our community here and be good team players,” said Stull. “We’ve all got to be good humans to make it through this.”

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