June 19th, 2020

Dear Valued Guests,

As Phase II begins and communities open back up, we are seeing much more life on our streets. Restaurants are open for outdoor seating, families are out walking, friends are hosting socially distanced get‐togethers, and our towns seem in a better place with the fantastic summer weather adding a much‐needed boost to all of our spirits.

I realize that many of you will be coming back into our stores for the first time since the shelter in‐place orders were issued. I want to share a quick update what we’ve done to create a healthy shopping environment. In addition to all the changes you can see, guests and Associates in masks and/or plastic face shields, plexiglass barriers at all the registers, and one way aisles, we’ve also done a number of things you can’t see including limiting capacity in the stores and increasing the amount of daily sanitation that the stores do. It’s been a heroic team effort and I am very proud of everyone for helping us get this far.

The reality though, is that we’re still in the middle of the COVID pandemic and as Essential Workers who have been in this fight since the beginning, we know all too well what happens when people let their guards down. Wearing a face covering is the best protection we have from spreading the virus. Mask‐wearing continues to be state‐mandated and our stores require face coverings for all guests who are shopping with us.

Beginning next week, we are expanding our store hours, so please check your local store listing. In towns where allowed, we’re also finalizing our permits for our outdoor seating and will be opening soon. We will be following all of the state‐mandated guidelines which include spacing the tables six‐feet apart, posting capacity for dining areas and requiring face coverings except while actively eating and drinking.

Our shelves are stocked, and it’s been thrilling to see all the local produce coming in. We’ve got exciting new items in all of our departments and are looking forward to a healthy summer.

All my best,

Judy Spires

Judy Spires, CEO, Balducci's 

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