Retailers in Southeast brace for Hurricane Dorian

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Retailers in Southeast brace for Hurricane Dorian

By Sandra Levy - 09/03/2019
With Hurricane Dorian expected to hit the southeast coast of Florida sometime today or early tomorrow, several major stores, including Walmart, Publix and Winn Dixie have announced store closings or adjustments in their hours of operation.

Walmart announced that it already has preemptively closed seven stores across Florida and Georgia. Winn Dixie has closed 46 stores so far, including three on the First Coast. And many local Publix stores are closed or are closing early.

Ingles Markets has partnered with WNC based relief organization Hearts with Hands to provide support in their Hurricane Dorian relief efforts.

Ingles has pledged support in the form of supplies and ice at the ready, helping Hearts with Hands respond where the need is greatest faster.

Ingles also is partnering with IHeart Radio Station WWNC to spearhead an On-Air Relief Drive today. Morning Show host Mark Starling will lead the radiothon in the shared effort between Ingles and I Heart Radio. Listeners can already donate at any WNC store. Non-perishable food items, cleaning supplies and monetary donations will be accepted.

"Where the need will be remains unclear but what is certain is there will be one and the ability to act quickly will help save lives and bring comfort to all those impacted," said Ron Freeman, Ingles chief financial officer.

"Helping those in need whether they are next door or our neighbors throughout the region is part of our corporate culture. Ingles, our generous customers, local charities along with our media partners at IHeart Radio have lead the way in providing help and support to those in need,” said Freeman.

Last week, Walgreens announced it was readying its stores in the area to assist customers, employees and communities expected to be impacted.

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