We need to protect vulnerable people in our community, especially seniors. To make grocery shopping safer, some stores have started setting aside an hour just for seniors or other at-risk people to shop.
Hours differ, so please call your local store to verify their opening hours and their special senior shopping hour. Many stores are changing their operating hours, to give them a chance to restock the shelves. Also, some are limiting the number of high-demand items that any one shopper can buy.
Here are some ways you can help:
- When you go shopping, ask your older relatives and neighbors if they need anything.
- There are many ways to get groceries delivered, but some older people may not be comfortable with the technology, so add their items to your order, or set up an account and order for them.
- Above all, only buy what you need, to leave enough for others.
ALDI — Tuesdays and Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. is reserved for seniors, expectant mothers and those with health concerns.
Big Lots — Big Lots is reserving the first hour of each day for senior citizens and other vulnerable people.
Costco — The discount warehouse is hosting special shopping hours for members 60 and older and people with physical disabilities from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, starting March 30th.
Dollar General – Dollar General is dedicating the first hour of operations each day solely for the shopping needs of senior customers.
Fresh Market — Fresh Market is reserving the first hours store open, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., Monday through Friday, for seniors and those most at risk.
Harris Teeter: Harris Teeter has set aside Mondays and Thursdays from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. as senior shopping hours for shoppers aged 60 and over, starting March 30th. In addition, Harris Teeter is designating ExpressLane Online Shopping pick-up times from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for seniors only every Thursday, and it will waive the $4.95 fee and offer $5 delivery to seniors during these times.
Publix: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. will be reserved for shoppers 65 and older.
Roses — Not a grocery store but they are dedicating the first hour every day to senior and at-risk customers at all their stores. Also, seniors get a 10% discount every Wednesday.
Sam’s Club — Sam’s Club is offering early shopping hours every Tuesday and Thursday from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. for seniors and those with disabilities and compromised immune systems. This includes the pharmacy and optical centers.
Target – The big box retailer is reserving the first hour every Tuesday and Wednesday for “vulnerable guests” to shop, including seniors and those with underlying health conditions.
Trader Joe’s –Every day, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., the grocery store will maintain an additional line outside the front door for senior customers. This will ensure those customers in need will have an expedited entrance to the store.
Walgreens: Every Tuesday is Senior Day. 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. is dedicated to Tuesdays only.
Walmart – From March 24 through April 28, Walmart’s 5,000-plus U.S. stores will host an hour-long senior shopping event every Tuesday for customers 60 and older — one hour before stores open. Pharmacies and vision centers will be open during this time.
Weaver Street Market: Instead of designated senior shopping hours, Weaver Street Market will take your order online, shop, and load your groceries into your car. There will be no fee for this service for seniors. Online shopping is coming next week.
Whole Foods Market – All locations in the U.S. will allow customers 60 and older to shop one hour before opening to the general public. (For example, if a store opens at 9 a.m., seniors can start shopping at 8 a.m.)