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What to know before you shop at Outpost

Learn about changes implemented at Outpost as they happened in real time. Our stores remain open to the public, though operating hours have changed along with some familiar services.

Hours: Daily 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. 

Early shopping hours for seniors and those who are at high risk

Monday through Friday early entry 7:30 a.m.

Shop Online

Shop online via Outpost Webstore or have groceries delivered to your house through Instacart. Learn more: https://www.outpost.coop/shop/#online


Face Coverings are mandatory

Effective June 10, 2020, Outpost has made wearing face masks, shields or coverings mandatory for anyone who enters Outpost.

If you are shopping at Outpost, please wear a face covering during your time in the store. It helps protect our employees who are on the front line every day making sure our stores are stocked and our co-op is ready for your business. Wearing face coverings also helps protect your fellow shoppers.

If a face covering is not desirable at this time, consider free online ordering and curbside pickup or Instacart delivery. MORE INFO

The United Food & Commercial Workers Union local 1473, representing all Outpost clerks, supports mandatory face coverings for its members.  

Outpost has the right to deny or refuse service to any patron not wearing a face mask or covering on their face inside the store.


The following Self-Service Stations are CLOSED

The following self-serve stations are CLOSED at this time:

  • Salad Bar and Hot Bar
  • Drip Coffee
  • Soups
  • Bakery
  • Co-op Explorers Club - free fruit

Delicious items are now pre-packed for easy grab 'n go. Ask for hot soups and coffee at the café counter. We are pre-packing our Top 50 bulk department items as back-stock inventory becomes available. Pre-pack coffee is available in beans or ground. Water is available in gallon containers.


Bulk Departments

Local health departments have put restrictions on the dispensing of bulk products from our gravity feed bins. Until further notice, bring-your-own-containers for bulk department dispensing has been temporarily suspended. Do not bring your reusable containers to Outpost. You can still access these products - simply be aware of changes before you visit your favorite store to make your shopping trip easy.

All stores

  • Bulk Bin self-service is available from gravity fed bins 
  • Bulk Herb self-service is available from dispensable jars 
  • Bulk coffee self-service is available, however, grinders remain closed - whole bean and pre-ground coffee is also available in grab 'n go bags
  • Bulk products not conducive to gravity feed bins are available pre-packaged
  • Bulk RO water is available from the Glacier RO Water Island dispenser - containers are provided - DO NOT bring containers from home


Additional safety precautions are in place

  • Cafe seating area is closed
  • Reusable shopping bags are permitted - they must be kept in the cart at all times and customers must bag their own groceries
  • Recyclable and compostable paper grocery bags are available for your convenience, as well as paper and compostable plastic produce bags
  • Reusable beverage and bulk containers are prohibited at this time
  • High touch areas are deep sanitized in the morning and evening and at times throughout the day.
  • Hand sanitizer stations and disposable plastic gloves are available in the stores. Customers are also encouraged to bring along their own sanitation wipes.
  • Plexiglass sanitation screens have been installed at all customer service desks and cash registers.
  • Choose Apple Pay, credit or debit to limit exposure through money that is exchanged

COVID-19 Status

As of Wednesday, January 13, 2021, there have been 97,174 confirmed positive cases of coronavirus in Milwaukee County, with 1,022 deaths. Statewide, there have been 555K confirmed positive cases and 5,635 deaths. In the United States, there have been 22.9M confirmed positive cases and 381K deaths. Worldwide, there have been 91.8M confirmed cases and 1.97M deaths.

Gov. Tony Evers Executive Order #95, effective Friday, November 20, 2020

WI Governor Tony Evers has declared a public health emergency to prevent and respond to COVID-19. The governor has issued an executive order which requires a face mask to be worn indoors or an enclosed space by anyone 5 years of age or older. The order lasts for 60 days. 

You can read the full order HERE.

Gov. Tony Evers Emergency Order #3, effective Thursday, October 8, 2020

WI Governor Tony Evers has declared a public health emergency to prevent and respond to a spike of COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin, limiting public gatherings.

You can read the full order HERE

Gov. Tony Evers Executive Order #82, effective Saturday, August 1, 2020

WI Governor Tony Evers has declared a public health emergency to prevent and respond to COVID-19.

You can read the full order HERE.

Gov. Tony Evers Emergency Order #1, effective Saturday, August 1, 2020

WI Governor Tony Evers has declared a public health emergency. The order declares:

FACE COVERING REQUIRED. Every individual, age five and older, in Wisconsin shall wear a face covering if both of the following apply: a. The individual is indoors or in an enclosed space, other than at a private residence; and; b. Another person or persons who are not members of individual's household or living unit are present in the same room or enclosed space. Face coverings are strongly recommended in all other settings, including outdoors when it is not possible to maintain physical distancing. 

You can read the full order HERE.

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