UPDATE: Fresh Thyme senior shopping event on hold

Fresh Thyme Farmers Market company officials said Wednesday that information about a seniors only shopping time at the Farmington store was shared prematurely.

Volunteer help is not needed on Thursday, March 19, and the store will be open only during regular hours, 7 a.m.-10 p.m. 

Fresh Thyme Farmers Market

The company is working on a plan that follows CDC guidelines and ensures everyone’s safety and will release details as they become available.

The company works with Instacart, available as a smart phone app and at instacart.com, to provide home delivery, which is available in the Farmington-Farmington Hills area.

On Wednesday, company president Gerald Melville issued a statement about the company’s COVID-19 response, which has included closing down olive and salad bars. The company is also hiring additional help to meet an overwhelming demands for grocery items, particularly meat and seafood.

The store is allowing employees with concerns about the virus to wear gloves and masks, and that’s not an indication the employee is ill, Melville said.

Measures to support employees include:

  • A pay continuation program that allows those who are quarantined or who test positive for COVID-19 to stay home with pay.
  • Free online COVID-19 screenings from a board-certified doctor for all team members.
  • A backup care reimbursement program to offset the unexpected costs of unplanned care for children or adults.

”While these are admittedly uncharted waters, we’ll continue to make decisions that support our purpose of enriching lives in the communities we serve,” Melville wrote. “We appreciate the trust and confidence you’ve placed in us.”

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