Guide to Local Grocery Stores to Support During the Coronavirus Crisis

City Guide, Shopping


Written by Brett Llenos Smith

Published on March 19, 2020
lexington coop local grocery store

Photo courtesy of Lexington Co-op

Have you heard? Due to Covid-19, we’ve temporarily changed our motto to “Stay In, Buffalo”.  And for the foreseeable future we will be posting content that shares how our community can continue to support local businesses while adhering to guidelines set by the CDC.⁠


We like to have a bit of fun here at SOB and we’re confident that our community will pull through the current COVID-19 crisis; just as we have so many blizzards, ice storms and playoff-less sports seasons. 

With that said, the pandemic is no joke. Many restaurants and bars are take out only. Some are shut indefinitely. This situation has forced us to turn to local grocery stores for food and a sense of normalcy.

Grocery stores have been affected as well. Governments have put restrictions on capacity and one market we talked to recently said they are strictly enforcing social distancing for in-line customers. Below are a few of the more specific ways that your favorite local grocery stores have changed operations during the pandemic.

In addition to the grocery stores listed below, there are many neighborhood delis and specialty markets that need your support right now. While we love Wegmans as much as any proud WNYer, this is the time to think about keeping your shopping dollars as close to home as possible.



Lexington Co-Op

Locations: 807 Elmwood Ave. and 1678 Hertel Ave. (both in Buffalo)

After a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 was found to have shopped at the co-op’s Elmwood location, the company has announced “rigorous sanitation” measures to keep shoppers safe. The popular hot bar and salad bar at both locations are closed, fresh meals are still being made in Lexi’s Kitchen.

New hours: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.


Guercio & Sons

Location: 250 Grant St. (Buffalo) 

We were told it’s mostly business as usual at the beloved West Side market. Home delivery service is available and wholesale operations have been dialed back in light of all the restaurants being shut. 

Regular hours: Monday to Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Broadway Market

Location: 999 Broadway St. (Buffalo)

There’s no busier time at the Broadway Market than the run-up to Easter Sunday, and unfortunately, the coronavirus has thrown a wrench into the market’s crucial annual busy season.

The annual Sneak Peek and Easter Ribbon cutting events have been cancelled. There will be no Saturday-only vendors until further notice. There will be no Easter-only vendors this year. Restaurants are takeout only.

Regular hours: Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Save-A-Lot hours: Daily 8 a.m. – 7p.m.



Locations: 1770 Hertel Ave (Buffalo), 1210 Colvin Blvd. (Buffalo), 499 W Klein Rd. (Williamsville), 8845 Main St. (Buffalo)

Dash’s has also stepped up their sanitation efforts in light of COVID-19, according to company statements. Because of the demands being placed on staff, the markets have condensed hours. The company said people who regularly come in for 6 a.m. coffee can still come in, but should avoid other departments so they can be cleaned and set up.

New hours 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.


Market in the Square

Locations: 940 Union Rd. (West Seneca), 535 Division St. (North Tonawanda)

The Market in the Square has been hit by the panic shopping rush, and it announced the weekly ads would be temporarily suspended “as we work with our suppliers to make sure the most essential items continue to be delivered and stocked.”

Regular hours: Monday to Saturday 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Clinton-Bailey Farmers Market

Location: 1443 Clinton St. (Buffalo)

If you’re sketched out about going to an enclosed space to get your groceries, an outdoor farmers’ (and flea) market is your solution. We have been told it’s mostly “business as usual” at the Clinton-Bailey Farmers and Flea Market for now. Although, cold weather could impact vendor turnout.

We were also told the plastic bag has been lifted temporarily because there’s a possibility paper bags could transmit the virus. 

Regular hours: Saturdays 6 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Camillo’s Sloan Super Market

Location: 494 Reiman St. (Buffalo)

The popular Sloan market has also been affected by the surge in demand, and announced, “there will be NO call ahead special orders or meat packages available until further notice.”

Regular hours 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.


Braymiller Market

Location: 6936 Gowanda State Rd. (Hamburg)

Braymiller Market is offering drive-up service! Call 649-2356 with your grocery order, they will tell you how long they need to pull your order together, prepay with your card, call when you arrive, and they will bring you your groceries to your car.

Regular hours: Daily 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.


Written by <a href="" target="_self">Brett Llenos Smith</a>

Written by Brett Llenos Smith

Brett Llenos Smith is a freelance writer based in Buffalo’s Allentown neighborhood who has been covering local food and culture for Step Out Buffalo over the past six years. As someone with a multi-ethnic background, he has a passion for exploring and understand the many diverse corners of Western New York.
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