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Fareway is dedicated to safety during COVID-19. The first hour of shopping is reserved for our high risk shoppers, if you'd like to read our COVID-19 updates click here. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Important Updates

Until further notice, all Fareway stores and meat markets will be open Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. The early closure will provide for additional cleaning and sanitation measures in our stores, as well as time for restocking inventory. 

As part of these new hours, the first hour of business from 8 – 9 a.m. will continue to be reserved for those customers who are 65 and over, expecting mothers, those living with a serious chronic medical condition, and anyone with an underlying medical condition that increases the susceptibility to serious illness from COVID-19. We appreciate the advance cooperation from our customers in respecting the hour reserved for those that are at higher risk.

Effective with the expiration of the Iowa Governor’s Emergency Declaration on July 25th, Fareway will not be accepting containers for redemption in its Iowa stores. Health authorities continue to advise that COVID-19 and other viruses are transmitted through respiratory droplets. Accepting potentially contaminated containers inside our stores presents a great risk of harm to the health and safety of our employees and customers. 

In addition, Iowa law requires grocery stores to meet health and food safety guidelines for all employees and customers.  Allowing used containers to be returned in our stores puts our employees and customers at risk, and runs counterproductive to the many safety and sanitation initiatives we have implemented in order to keep people safe.

Each store has posted a notice listing nearby redemption centers, where customers may redeem bottles and cans. We encourage local communities to focus their redemption on supporting these businesses and/or area non-profits that provide outside collection bins for donation.

At its core, our actions in rejecting container redemption inside our stores is to minimize potential harm to the communities we serve, while offering our customers alternative redemption options.

Reynolds W. Cramer,  President & CEO, Fareway Stores, Inc.


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