This Mexican Market Is Looking Out For Seniors, Offering Special Shopping Hours Just For 65+
As stores overflow with panic-buying crowds, local supermarket chain Gonzalez Northgate Market has announced that it will offer exclusive shopping hours for the community's most vulnerable population: seniors.
Founded by the Gonzalez family in 1980, the Mexican grocery chain has been a part of the community for 40 years. It is a local staple, offering fresh produce, meats, seafood, and brands all imported from Mexico, as well as a bakery, taqueria, hot bar, and kitchen that prepares traditional food.
La Habra City Councilman Jose Medrano came to the Gonzalez family with concerns that the community's seniors weren't able to get food and supplies.
Within minutes, owner Joshua Gonzalez was on board with a plan.
"[From 7:30-8AM] we're going to have [shopping] exclusive for seniors 65 and older," Gonzalez said in a Facebook video posted by Councilman Medrano.
"We will help them if they need any support shopping."
Seniors are the hardest hit by the coronavirus, the most likely to develop fatal symptoms, so it is important for them to stay healthy and avoid exposure to large crowds.
The Gonzalez family's quick, compassionate response reflects their status as a "Caring Community Partner," and sets an example for other businesses - and for us all.
Instead of fighting each other for toilet paper, let's be ready and willing to look out for each other, especially the most vulnerable.