Everyone needs to play an active role in taking care of all the vulnerable populations in our community, especially the elderly. A simple trip to the grocery store can now be an arduous task for those populations because of the potential exposure to other shoppers. (If you’re healthy, please ask your older relatives, neighbors and friends, if they need assistance with picking up groceries or other necessities.)
To help ease the stress, many grocery stores and other retailers are offering special hours intended just for the elderly, pregnant women and others at high-risk.
Regular business hours have changed for many businesses. Therefore, hours vary by store (and sometimes by location), so check first — before making your shopping list.
Here’s what’s currently scheduled:
Big Lots – The discount chain is reserving the first hour each day for senior citizens and other vulnerable groups.
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.
Dollar General – Dollar General is dedicating the first hour of operations each day solely for the shopping needs of senior customers.
King Soopers – The popular grocery is reserving the first hour of shopping, 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for senior citizens and other at-risk customers.
Natural Grocers – The regional grocery store is reserving 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. every Sunday for customers 60 and older and those with underlying health issues.
Safeway – Safeway is scheduling 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday “for those most at risk in our communities.”
Sav A Lot – Many locations have dedicated shopping hours for seniors, customers with disabilities and their caregivers — please check your local store for participation.
Target – The big box retailer is reserving the first hour every Wednesday for “vulnerable guests” to shop, including seniors and those with underlying health conditions.
Tony’s Market – The local grocery store is offering special hours for seniors and other high-risk customers — 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., Monday through Friday.
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 – The popular drugstore is reserving the 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., every Tuesday, for its senior customers.
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. Walmart’s current shortened hours are 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
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.)