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Patel Brothers addresses false social media rumors about impact of COVID-19

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UPDATE: Patel Brothers to close all locations from March 30; hopes to reopen in 10 days

Atlanta, GA, March 14, 2020: Patel Brothers, the nationwide Indian-American grocery store chain, through a statement released on Thursday, has addressed rumors on social media about the impact of COVID-19 on its stores.

“Growing concerns of COVID-19 in the US have sparked false rumors now circulating on WhatsApp and other forms of social media about Patel Brothers,” the statement said.

Patel Brothers has two locations in the Atlanta area–in Decatur and Suwanee.

Below is the transcript of the statement in Q& A form.

1. Are Patel Brothers stores closing?
No, all of our stores will remain open and there are no plans to close them.

2. Will there be a shortage of stock?
No, there will not be a shortage. The recent panic has caused the supply chain to delay, but product is scheduled to come in regularly. There is no need to stock up for months. Follow local and federal guidelines on how much you should purchase.

3. Do your stores have CoronaVirus?
As of this update, our stores do not have any reported cases by employees.

Store Hours Update – 3-13-20
Due to a high volume of customers and increased merchandise demand, Patel Brothers will be temporarily changing store hours for all of its locations.

New Hours – 12PM – 7PM Daily
“This temporary change will allow our stores to keep up with demand and restock products on a regular basis,” the statement said.

Questions or concerns about anything on social media can be addressed by reaching out to Patel Brothers at info@patelbros.com for clarification.

All official coronavirus updates and information from Patel Brothers can be found at www.patelbros.com/coronavirus

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