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Tuesday marked a week of curbside-only pickup and delivery for grocery store Springs Food Market in Wessington Springs. Shown left to right preparing customer orders are store owners Ryan Jensen and Lisa Younie with employee Emma Lammey.   

Several days before the City of Wessington Springs passed a resolution and ordinance to move all restaurant, bar and local business to curbside, drive-thru or delivery only, Springs Food Market made the tough decision on their own to prohibit shoppers in their store.  

“The main reason for closing our doors to on-site shopping is that we realize we don’t have the power to keep this virus out of Jerauld County. We are, however, trying to do our part in slowing the spread,” said Springs Food Market owner Ryan Jensen.

Jensen said that for the most part, the grocery store’s supply chain is keeping up with local demand due to the fact that stores are limited to the amount of items they can order, specifically with eggs and toilet paper.  Although he said they’ve had a hard time getting flour, yeast and frozen breads, other than that they are able to stock “about anything.” 

According to the resolution, that was effective at 12 a.m. on March 23, 2020, “places of public accommodation offering food and beverages for on-site consumption, including any alcohol licensees with on-sale privileges, are closed to on-site/on-sale patrons.” Additionally, the resolution and ordinance state that “no groups of 10 or more people allowed socially or at a business.” Violation of the ordinance is punishable by up to a $500 fine.  

“We don’t know how long this is going to last and we sure appreciate so many in the community  utilizing us,” Jensen said. “We’ve been busy keeping up with orders and want to thank the community for being patient in addition to their efforts in being courteous  about buying only what you need and preventing shortages due to hoarding.” 

“When we come through this and are able to reopen to the public, curbside may even be a service we continue to offer,” he said laughing.”By then we’ll run curbside delivery service like a well-oiled machine.”