Jimboomba, Cleveland Woolworths stores to reduce hours in order to give priority to vulnerable and isolated online customers

COVID: Woolworths Cleveland is reducing its opening hours to 11am to 6pm.
COVID: Woolworths Cleveland is reducing its opening hours to 11am to 6pm.

Woolworths will reduce its opening hours at the Jimboomba, Victoria Point and Cleveland stores from tomorrow in a move the company says is designed to prioritise delivery to vulnerable shoppers' homes.

The shops' opening hours have been reduced to 11am to 6pm.

Staff will use the additional hours to process online orders.

The company says it will focus on meeting increased demand from priority assistance customers, including the elderly, people with disability, those with compromised immunity and people in mandatory isolation because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Deliveries: Jimboomba Woolworths is one of 41 across the state reducing its hours to focus on priority assistance customers.

Deliveries: Jimboomba Woolworths is one of 41 across the state reducing its hours to focus on priority assistance customers.

The Victoria Point, Jimboomba and Cleveland stores are three of the company's 41 priority hubs which will operate under the new hours.

The company says it will continue to allow the elderly and disabled to shop earlier through the week.

"At Woolworths we are focused on supporting the most vulnerable in the community during these challenging times," Woolworths Group CEO Brad Banducci said.

"To help support getting basic food and essentials to those that need it most, our teams have been doing everything they can to scale up online and home deliveries to the elderly, people with disabilities or those in mandatory self-isolation.

"Following an extraordinary level of demand for groceries in recent weeks, reducing trading hours in a small number of our stores to turn them into priority delivery hubs will help us assist more people who can't access a store to get products they need.

"At a time when hunger relief charities are seeing a surge in demand for providing meals and basic essentials, we're also pleased to increase our commitment to our partners OzHarvest, Foodbank and FareShare and we hope our additional long term support will help them with any gaps they are facing as they continue to help those most in need in the community."

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