Day by day, Main Street Market owner Kaaren Northrop is recapturing the memories made during the first week of the shutdown forced by the beginning of COVID-19 pandemic. Grocery stores large and small had to deal with many of the same issues as supply chains were interrupted and panic set in for several necessities like toilet paper. Northrop saw one daughter extend her weekend visit from the Chicagoland area into a two-week stay to help handle the influx of changes, while her son and his family were told to quarantine as they waited for the birth of another child. After shutting down the store to protect customers and employees, the aisles became a walking track for a family dog and the intercom became a source of entertainment. Northrop says it was instituting its “Shopping For You” program that was one of the hardest parts as they navigated people’s shopping lists and product shortages.
She adds it has been interesting to look back and recreate some of the experiences they felt during the opening days of the pandemic through her Facebook posts.
Main Street Market was closed to the public for nearly two months while filling hundreds of orders along the way. Northrop applauds her staff and her customers for rolling with the changes that were happening on a nearly daily basis and supporting Main Street Market. You can relive parts of those opening days by reading the posts below or by liking their Facebook page.
Picture Courtesy of Main Street Market