Thousands of Filipinos have been caught in the middle of the global COVID-19 pandemic, making it harder to get necessary supplies and maintain a living. In response to this, Metro is keeping their doors open to provide for shoppers and grocery workers alike.
A Better Time to Serve
As the government provides a new curfew to help quell the spread of infection, life goes on and there is still a need for food and supplies for the home. Hence, from March 23 onwards, Metro will be remaining open but with adjusted operating hours for select stores in order to best serve the people while adhering to government policy and ensuring the wellbeing of the valuable Metro grocery team.
For Luzon: Metro Legazpi and Metro Market Binondo’s Supermarkets will run from 8am to 5pm; Super Metro Tagaytay, Metro Plaza 66 Newport, and Fresh ‘N Easy Lawton’s supermarkets will be open from 8am to 6pm; Metro Imus, Metro Lucena, Super Metro Antipolo, and Super Metro Calamba’s supermarkets will be open from 9am to 6pm; the Metro Mandaluyong, Metro Alabang, and Metro Market! Market! Supermarkets will operate from 9am to 7pm; while Metro Ayala Malls Feliz’ supermarket as well as Metro Legazpi and Metro Lucena’s department stores will be open from 10am to 7pm.
In Visayas: Fresh ‘N Easy Punta, Fresh ‘N Easy Umapad, Fresh ‘N Easy Tabok, Fresh N’ Easy Basak, Fresh ‘N Easy Tabunok, Fresh ‘N Easy Minglanilla’s supermarkets will run from 8am to 5pm, along with Super Metro Bogo and Super Metro Carcar’s supermarkets, pharmacies, services, and home essentials. From 6am to 5pm, Metro Colon, and Super Metro Colon will operate its supermarkets, pharmacies, services, and home essentials, while Metro Wholesalemart will operate its supermarket only. From 10am to 6pm, shoppers can go to Metro Ayala, Bacolod and Super Metro Talisay’s supermarkets, pharmacies, services, and home essentials, to Metro CITP’s supermarket and pharmacies, and Metro Atria Iloilo’s supermarket. Super Metro Basak and Super Metro Calbayog will have supermarkets, pharmacies, services, and home essentials, operating along Metro Banilad, and Metro Carmen’s supermarkets and pharmacies from 8am to 6pm. Metro Mandaue, Super Metro Lapu-Lapu, Metro Maasin will operate supermarkets, pharmacies, services, and home essentials along Metro Canduman, and Fresh ‘N Easy Mactan/Shang’s supermarkets from 9am to 6pm. Finally, Metro Naga, Super Metro Toledo, and Metro Baybay’s supermarkets, pharmacies, services, and home essentials will be open from 8:30am to 6pm.
By implementing these new hours, Metro is aiming to provide necessities for shoppers while also catering to the needs of grocery workers.
Staying Safe and Protected
Along with guidelines on schedules, shoppers can also expect a more tightly woven procedure from here on out to ensure the safety and protection of both staff and customers from COVID-19. Daily disinfection of store premises, consistent practice of social distancing, providing masks for personnel, and encouraging hygiene procedures with customers by keeping sanitizers available throughout store premises have become the new normal in Metro locations.
For those who may wonder how Metro employees get to work with public transportation on hold, Metro has extended its care by providing free rides to and from work so that they can have a secure means of transport to maintain their livelihood.
Saving for Health
With everyone working from home but still having to pay for home and health needs, Metro is taking an extra step to help shoppers maximize their budget by reducing prices of select items under “Metro Health Savers.”
With major price drops from March 19 to 29, buyers can properly stock up on what they need from important staples like breakfast essentials, fresh meat, vitamins and supplements, fruits and vegetables, and personal hygiene products to important household necessities like toilet paper, laundry goods, cleaning materials, soaps, and more.
As these necessities become more accessible and affordable, Metro hopes to do its part in continuing to serve people and contribute to the fight against COVID-19.