COVID-19 response
March 16, 2020

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is a global challenge that’s having a real impact on the communities Red River Co-op serves.

Your Red River Co-op is taking steps across all locations to help our communities stay safe and healthy. We’re saddened by the news of all those who have been affected and we want to be diligent about doing our part to prevent more impacts.

All Red River Co-op locations are cleaned and sanitized daily as part of normal business, but all locations are increasing the frequency of cleaning, including shopping carts and baskets at food stores and pumps and door handles at gas bars. Red River Co-op food stores and gas bars have temporarily suspended food sampling, and food stores have closed the hot and salad bars. Pre-packaged hot and salad items will be available for your convenience. Gravity-fed bulk fixtures will remain, but bulk bins are removed from the sales floor. Bulk bakery bins will not be stocked, but our bakery staff will be happy to serve you what you need and package it for you.

We are also ensuring that available preventative resources are made available to both customers and employees.

Your Red River Co-op is also working with employees to ensure that they have current information on prevention so they can stay healthy or stay home if they are feeling ill. These practices are informed by Health Canada and the World Health Organization. We’re also encouraging all Red River Co-op customers and members to keep informed on prevention by visiting Health Canada, WHO and other helpful resources.

Given the guidance we’ve received from these agencies, as well as our own preparedness efforts, we believe that we’re taking the right steps to ensure that your Red River Co-op stores are safe. We’ll also make sure that our prices on all essential items remain stable throughout this challenging time.

Thank you for being a loyal Red River Co-op customer and member. We’ll continue to update you as the situation evolves.


Red River Co-op has implemented to following changes in our food stores:

Red River Co-op stores are cleaned and sanitized daily as part of normal business, but all stores are increasing the frequency of cleaning. They’re also ensuring that available preventative resources are made available to both customers and employees.

  • Our staff members are required to wear masks; we kindly request customers to also wear them if they are able to
  • We have implemented a limit of ONE PER CUSTOMER on most needed items such as sanitizing products
  • Our salad, hot bar and other self serve services have been discontinued. Please note some items will be available prepackaged at our deli
  • All sampling has been discontinued
  • Bulk buns, olive bar will be available pre-packaged only. Bulk food bins have been discontinued. Product in gravity fed dispensers is still available.
  • In an effort to reduce cash-handling, for the health of our employees, we are strongly encouraging the use of credit or debit payment as opposed to cash
  • Educating our staff and customers on the importance of social distancing
  • Plexiglas shields installed at checkouts at our locations
  • We will be limiting the amount of customers in store at any given time. Please understand that because of this, you may be asked to wait before entering the store
  • Aisles converted to 1-way to minimize traffic flow
  • We will continue to be open on Monday and Friday at 7:00am for Seniors and those with compromised immune systems

Red River Co-op has implemented to following changes in our gas bars:

Red River Co-op gas bars are cleaned and sanitized daily as part of normal business, but all gas bars are increasing the frequency of cleaning. They’re also ensuring that available preventative resources are made available to both customers and employees

  • Self serve beverage stations have been discontinued
  • We are strongly encouraging the use of credit or debit payment as opposed to cash
  • Educating our staff and customers on the importance of social distancing
  • As of Aug 31 all staff members will be required to wear masks indoors. We kindly request customers to also wear masks if they are able to