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Installation Underway of Plexiglass Checkout Barriers at All Sendik’s Food Market Stores

Grocers Nationwide Using Ingenuity and Resources to Protect Workers and Public

By - Mar 25th, 2020 01:11 pm
Checkout barrier being installed at a Sendik’s Food Market. Photo courtesy of Sendik’s Food Market.

Checkout barrier being installed at a Sendik’s Food Market. Photo courtesy of Sendik’s Food Market.

Shields are the latest step to best address the COVID-19 pandemic while meeting essential needs

MILWAUKEE – More than 120 plexiglass shields are being installed across Sendik’s Food Market stores as part of the local grocer’s latest efforts to ensure best protections available for its frontline employees and customers. The installation began March 25 in the retailer’s effort to fabricate and install them quickly.

“Nationwide, grocers are doing everything we can to best protect health. Earlier this week, we began to design and fabricate the shields that could best work for our checkout lane configurations, and we’ve repurposed our internal teams to construct and install them immediately,” said Ted Balistreri, co-owner at Sendik’s.

The 30” x 36” plexiglass shield sits on top of the register system and extends roughly 6 feet off the ground, providing a divider between the checkout worker and customer.

Shields have been the latest technique being employed by essential needs retailers nationwide. Sendik’s believes it is one of the first to have them installed locally and is pleased others are doing the same thing, according to Balistreri.

In addition to the shields, other health-first safety efforts in place at Sendik’s include:

  • A dedicated associate to wipe down and sanitize shopping carts at entrance
  • Requested 7-8 a.m. shopping hour be held for at-risk shoppers
  • Temporary suspension of all in-store food and beverage sampling events
  • Temporary suspension of self-service bars (hot bar, salad bar and soup)
  • Increased frequency of routine cleaning on all high-touch areas throughout the store, including door handles, register belts, scale surfaces and self-touch register screens
  • Set purchase limits on high demand products
  • Temporary suspension of in-store returns
  • Temporary suspension of reusable bags
  • Third party cleaning service each night for eight hours

“Today’s installation is an example of our industry working together to best continue to meet the daily needs in our community,” said Balistreri.

About Sendik’s:

Since 1926, the Balistreri family has been serving the greater Milwaukee community by combining quality food products with exceptional customer service. Shoppers can expect an entirely unique shopping experience: items made from scratch in the deli; bakery items baked fresh daily; signature, top-shelf meats; hand-selected produce; and an unwavering commitment to quality and service. Sendik’s goal is to provide the best grocery shopping experience, period. Learn more at

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2 thoughts on “Installation Underway of Plexiglass Checkout Barriers at All Sendik’s Food Market Stores”

  1. JMcD says:

    All great steps. Has limiting the number of shoppers been considered? It feels downright scary doing grocery shopping. That said, I appreciate the dedication of the workers so very much.

  2. Mingus says:

    I commend Sendiks for the steps that are being taken to protect their employees and shoppers. I have just one observation. When I went to a Sendiks last week for the 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. senior shopping time, the store was as busy as a Saturday afternoon. Everyone was trying to maintain a safe distance. With the number of shoppers there at that time, it was a challenge. Yesterday I went at 9:00 a..m. and did not encounter many others shopping. To go between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.. may be another option for shoppers in the higher risk categories.

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