PHILADELPHIA—Aramark, the largest foodservice company in the U.S., is opening pop-up grocery stores at health-care facilities to provide a quick stop for doctors, nurses and hospital staff as they make their way home, according to a press release.
The company has opened more than 100 of these quick-stop stores to date by transforming existing retail spots into grocery stores. Thanks to these stores, frontline workers can pick up fresh baked goods, bread, milk, eggs, non-perishable items, paper towels and health aides in close proximity to their workplace.
“We are thankful for the dedicated frontline healthcare providers, who day-in and day-out treat and care for patients during this pandemic,” said Jeff Gilliam, president of Aramark’s health-care division. “Creating these pop-up grocery stores is our way of providing a small convenience for them to procure essential items they need.”
In addition to these pop-up stores, Aramark is thinking about making adjustments that include changes to take-home meals, pre-packaged items, produce market boxes and hot/salad bars.
This isn’t all Aramark is doing to help during the coronavirus pandemic. Aramark has also provided 36 million free meals to students across the country and redeployed its Uniform Services division production lines to manufacture essential personal protective equipment.
Other retailers have also been setting up pop-up stores in hospital centers in light of COVID-19. In late April, 7-Eleven opened a pop-up store in the Children’s Medical Center in Dallas to support frontline workers. Among the store’s stock were personal care items, groceries, snacks and phone chargers. The chain is also assisting stores in two other local hospitals within the Children’s Medical Center’s health system.