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De QUEEN, Ark. — Pruett's Food stores in De Queen, Arkansas and Broken Bow, Oklahoma are offering shop-by-appointment times for elderly residents and shoppers with health risks.

The shop-by-appointment times are outside of normal business hours. They will be between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.

"We are trying to help as much as we can. They call us to make an appointment and we try to find out how much time they will need," said Allie Trotter, manager of Pruett's Foods at 500 East Collin Raye Drive in De Queen.

"I have had people come in and get a wide range of items they need," Trotter said.

Trotter said she is also trying to help some residents who just need a few items during business hours.

"If they will call first, I will go out to their vehicle and get their check and then bring them the few items they need. We can't use debit cards for this but we can take a personal check. I try to help when I can," Trotter said.

Pruett's main store is at 201 South Park Drive in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. The store's seven other locations are also all in Oklahoma.

Broken Bow Store Manager Bert Gross said customers seem really appreciative of the efforts the stores are making.

"It seems to be working out really well. Everybody seems happy about it," he said.

Gross said customers who choose the morning shopping hour also usually get first choice of fresh items.

The store has also closed early one night so employers could sanitize everything.

"We are just trying to do everything we can to keep things clean and safe," he said.

To make appointments, call 870-5843-3223 for De Queen or 580-584-6056 for Broken Bow.

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