Many local businesses still offering services

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Local businesses are still operating and serving their customers, though some have limited access and all are taking extra precautions during the COVID-19 crisis. These are some of the local businesses that have their services available to their customers:
First Citizens Bank – “The health and well-being of our customers and employees are our top priority,” said Faye K. Meares, Vice President and Financial Sales Manager at First Citizens Bank. “We are operating our drive-thru during normal business hours and are offering limited lobby access by appointment. We are fully staffed and will continue to operate our branch to provide support to our customers. While our lobby access may be limited right now, we are “open for business” and ready to assist our business and consumer customers.”
864-847-4505  Office or email faye.meares@firstcitizens.com.
(Photo – Customers at ACE Hardware wait their turn to place orders for items)
ACE Hardware & Rental – “Thank you for the opportunity to share with you and our customers the steps we are taking to continue to serve our communities,” said Jim Simpson of ACE Hardware and Rental.
Ace Hardware & Rental in Williamston, and Honea Path Ace Hardware, are both open for business although with reduced hours and limited access into our stores. Our temporary store hours are 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Monday thru Saturday and 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Sunday afternoon.
To protect the health of our associates, we are meeting our customers just inside our front doors to take their orders. We then fill their orders for them and return their order to the registers for check out.
“Although we realize this causes an inconvenience to our customers, we feel it is necessary in order to make every effort possible to protect the safety of our associates,” Simpson said. “We greatly appreciate the understanding of our friends and neighbors as we work though this crisis together. We plan to continue to stay open to serve our community unless we are forced to close our doors. We certainly will return to full service and extended store hours again as soon as it is deemed safe for our associates and customers.”
Upstate Federal Credit Union – “We are still running at full service in order to meet the financial needs for everyone throughout our hometown that depends on Upstate Federal Credit Union,” said Branch Manager Paulette Kirkpatrick.
Our lobby remains open by appointment only.  We are taking every precaution necessary to provide freshly cleaned and sanitized surfaces in all of our buildings.   Our drive-thru remains open as normal.  Our employees are utilizing gloves and recommended sanitation supplies to make sure they remain safe while they work.  The work stations inside are cleaned and sanitized multiple times throughout the day.  Our drive-thru equipment is also cleaned throughout the day to make sure we are doing our part to help contain any unnecessary spread.
“Our digital channels are always open.  We encourage all of our members to utilize our wide array of digital services during this time including online account and loan applications as well as online banking chat.  Our members can always deposit checks via mobile deposit on our app and our members can access over 30,000 ATMs nationwide, free of charge.”
Other local businesses are still offering services including:
Bill’s Tire Center is open Mon., Tues., Thurs., and Friday 8 a.m. -6 p.m. Wed. and Sat. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
H&H Auto Salvage is open for all towing and mechanic needs, call 864-847-7861 during day and 847-1073 nights and weekends.
The Clock, 307 E. Main St, Williamston is open  for pick up drive thru only during their regular hours. Call 847-7863 to order ahead.
Bunton Exterminating is still offering their services. Call 847-7765.
House of Pizza, 14 North Hamilton St, Williamston is open for pick up and delivery. Call 864-847-6000 to place an order.
Foothills Gun & Pawn is open!
Dr. E. M. Patterson, DMD is closed except for emergency patients only. Call 864-847-9511 if needed.
C&W Enterprises at 620 Greenville Drive is open. Call Neal Chapman at 864-420-9661 for information.
Gray Mortuary in West Pelzer continues to offer funeral and other services.
Modern Supply in Williamston is open and selling appliances.
Palmetto Animal Hospital is open regular hours and offering full services By Appointment call 864-847-7678.

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BI-LO – BI-LO plans to install protective Plexiglas partitions at all store registers, customer service desks and pharmacies counters by April 3. All local BI-LO stores will implement additional social distancing protocols, in accordance with CDC guidance, to maintain a 6-foot distance between customers and associates floor markers will be added.
All BI-LO stores will continue to offer modified store and pharmacy hours to provide the cleanest, safest possible store experience. All stores will open at 8 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.
BiLo is also hiring individuals who have been affected by restricted working hours and layoffs – including those in the hospitality and restaurant industry.

A number of local stores, including the Post Office, have placed plastic shields on counters between clerks and their customers.
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