by Bob Seminack
Delray Plus True Value hardware store has been open most of the time during the COVID-19 pandemic.
At first, Pennsylvania allowed only grocery stores and gas stations to remain open. Delray Plus closed for four days. That was the longest we’d ever been closed since we opened the business in 1999.
Pennsylvania eventually determined that hardware stores were “essential” businesses which meant of course that we needed to open for the effective functioning of our community.
Delray Plus opened with reduced hours. There was a shortage of essential products and personnel. Customers were scrambling for everything from sanitizers to toilet paper. Also, many of Delray’s associate were rightfully concerned about their exposure to the virus in a retail situation. Shortages were everywhere!
Delray Plus did adopt the Pennsylvania guidelines established for stores that were remaining open. Social distancing and proper PPE (face masks and gloves) were the order of the day. The store opened initially with a small but intrepid group of associates. Slowly, more members of our Delray Plus family started to feel confident and returned to work.
We are very proud of everyone who stepped up to this challenge and appreciate the dedication of our team to the business and the community. We are also thankful to our loyal customers for their confidence, trust, and business during this difficult time.
Now that more people are out and about, Delray Plus is back to full service including home deliveries of our Weber Grill line. People are cooking at home more now than ever and we have the full line of grills to choose from. Other lines include paint, propane, and pet food and supplies along with necessary household hardware and supplies.
PHOTO CAP: The Delray staff are ready for expert advice and delivery of Weber Grills! They are from left to right; Freddy, Glen, Bill, Bob, Micky, and Roger. Check out the full line of Weber Gas and Charcoal Grills, Smokers, and accessories. Free assembly and delivery on any grill over $399. Selling grills for over 20 years.