Grand Marais grocery stores move to curbside pickup or delivery only

The change will remain in effect until further notice. The change will remain in effect until further notice.  |  Photo: Minnesota Department of Health

Updated: March 25, 2020 06:32 PM

Grand Marais has taken COVID-19 precautions a step further in all three of the city's grocery stores. Now, shoppers will need to utilize curbside pickup or delivery only at Gene’s Foods, Johnson’s Foods and the Cook County Whole Foods Co-op.


Through the system, shoppers place their orders via phone call or email. Then, they schedule a time to pick up their groceries or have them delivered.

All stores will be accepting payment in the form of credit and debit cards and SNAP benefits. Johnson’s and Gene’s will be accepting payment in check form and WIC as well.

The change came Tuesday night after grocery stores discussed the health and safety of employees and shoppers during this time. It will remain in effect until further notice.

"This is a very personal thing. I understand that. I love grocery shopping," Jim Boyd, Executive Director of the Cook County Chamber of Commerce said. "This is a big change to their daily routine and so they need reassurance and they have some really good questions so I think those are being answered and adjustments made and we're setting in and I think beginning to realize that this may be as the manager of one store said today: the new normal."

According to Boyd, grocery stores are trying to help those in difficult financial situations shop intelligently. They have included pictures online of items that are marked down.

"With the social distancing thing, this very much reduces the possiblity of people passing the virus to each other. It also makes it a little easier for the grocery staff to deal with the work load. They were struggling is my impression with the number of people who were taking stuff off the shelves so I think it will help keep the staff safe at the stores, but also spread out their workload," Boyd said.

Grand Marais grocery stores are looking for volunteers to help with their efforts to shop for members of the community. Those who would like to volunteer can find more information about doing so here.

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