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Grocery Stores Are Rolling Out Senior Shopping Hours—Here’s Where to Go

The crowd-free senior shopping hours will help the most vulnerable members of our community stay safe.

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NEW YORK, NY - March 18 MANDATORY CREDIT Bill Tompkins/Getty Images WHole Foods chage of hours of operation due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic on March 18, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Bill Tompkins/Getty Images)Bill Tompkins/Getty Images

Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, most of us have revamped our usual shopping habits. We’re picking up pantry staples, and of course, trying to cook with what we have at home.

We might all be practicing social distancing by ordering grocery delivery and only going out shopping for essentials. But the more vulnerable—pregnant women, the elderly, the immunocompromised—could use a little extra help. That’s why retailers around the country are stepping up and starting to offer senior shopping hours. Here’s where to go!

 

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Costco exteriorTRONG NGUYEN/SHUTTERSTOCK

Costco

Previously, seniors were welcomed into stores Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., but effective July 13,  Costco is allowing members aged 60 or older and people with disabilities into the store on Tuesday and Thursday only, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Though hours vary across the country, you can find a Costco near you (and its hours) with the store locator on Costco’s website. Just make sure you’re wearing a face mask when you shop and not buying up more than three of these limited meat products.

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Salinas, United States - April 8, 2014: Walmart store exterior. Walmart is an American multinational corporation that runs large discount stores and is the world's largest public corporation.Wolterk/Getty Images

Walmart

Walmart recently announced that it’s prioritizing pickup service from 7-8 a.m. for at-risk customers, including those over the age of 60 and first responders. This is in addition to Walmart’s in-store senior shopping events, which occur one hour before the store opens on Tuesdays.

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Albertsons store in Buellton, CaliforniaGeri Lavrov/Getty Images

Albertsons

Albertsons, which also owns Safeway, Acme and Vons, is planning on offering two hours every Tuesday and Thursday mornings for its most vulnerable customers. That includes senior citizens, pregnant women and shoppers with compromised immune systems.

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Troy, Michigan, USA - March 6, 2012: The Kroger store on John R Road in Troy, Michigan. Kroger is a chain of grocery stores founded by Bernard Kroger in 1883 with over 3600 locations nationwide.RiverNorthPhotography/Getty Images

Kroger


Select Kroger stores across the country are reserving early morning shopping hours for seniors 60+. Check with your local retailer for exact hours as they vary by location.

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Gilroy, CA, USA - July, 16 2008: Target Store at dusk. Target, an American big box retailer, is the anchor tenant for this new shopping center.alacatr/Getty Images

Target

Target is also offering senior shopping hours. The retailer announced it would be dedicating the first hour on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for its most vulnerable guests.

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Las Vegas, USA - July 14, 2013: A photo of the Whole Foods store front in Las Vegas. Whole Foods Market is an American supermarket.LPETTET/Getty Images

Whole Foods


Whole Foods stores in North America will allow shoppers ages 60+ to enter the store one hour before opening to the public.

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HICKSVILLE, NEW YORK - MARCH 20: Shoppers head for the Stop & Shop grocery store on March 20, 2020 in Hicksville, New York. The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus (COVID-19) a global pandemic on March 11th. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Stop & Shop

Stop & Shop reserved its opening hours for senior citizens. From 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m., only customers 60 and older will be allowed to enter and shop. The store will be open to the public from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., which is reduced from normal hours.

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VALLEJO, CA - MARCH 12: A sign is posted in front of a Dollar General store on March 12, 2015 in Vallejo, California. Dollar General Stores Inc. announced plans to open over 700 new stores in 2015 in an attempt to improve on its position among discount retailers in the United States. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Dollar General

Other retailers are providing similar early-bird specials to seniors, too. Dollar General will open early exclusively for seniors. The first open hour of the day—from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m.—will be reserved for seniors to shop.

Krista Garcia
Writer, blogger, content creator. I specialize in food and travel, plus digital commerce and the retail industry. Based in Portland, Oregon after a very long time spent in NYC.

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