Whole Foods, Target offer coronavirus hours for seniors, at-risk shoppers

Stores designate shopping time for seniors, vulnerable amid coronavirus: Whole Foods, Target and more

Whole Foods, Target offer coronavirus hours for seniors, at-risk shoppers

Panic shopping from coronavirus has recently left store shelves empty, so some stores are setting aside time for their elderly and at-risk shoppers. USA TODAY

Some retailers are setting aside time for their most vulnerable customers to shop.

Acknowledging that older adults and persons with underlying health conditions are more susceptible to COVID-19, or the coronavirus, a growing number of stores are dedicating time or opening earlier for senior shoppers and other at-risk groups.

Because of panic shopping, which has left store shelves empty, at-risk groups including seniors have had difficulty getting supplies.

Albertsons, which has 2,200-plus stores under banners including Safeway, Acme and Vons, says it is reserving two hours every Tuesday and Thursday morning for vulnerable shoppers, including senior citizens, pregnant women or those with compromised immune systems “who have been advised to avoid leaving home as much as possible.” 

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The coronavirus is spurring panicked shoppers to stock up on products as they prepare to hunker down in the midst of the growing pandemic. Wochit

Starting Wednesday, all Whole Foods Market stores in the U.S. and Canada will let customers who are 60 and older shop one hour before opening to the public. The company, which is owned by Amazon, has approximately 500 stores throughout the U.K., Canada, and in 42 U.S. states.

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“We are setting aside this time to help these customers, who national health authorities have identified as among the most vulnerable to COVID-19, feel more comfortable shopping our stores and helping to ensure they are able to get the items they need in a less crowded environment,” Whole Foods Market said in a statement.

Target is introducing a weekly hour for elderly and vulnerable shoppers to shop starting Wednesday, the same day it will cut hours at its more than 1,800 stores nationwide

Dollar General designated the first hour its more than 16,000 stores in 44 states are open daily to senior shoppers.

Several small and regional grocery store chains also are looking to help, though most retailers are not requiring identification or proof of age and are only “encouraging” other shoppers to plan around these windows. 

Some experts say they are concerned about having a large number of seniors congregate together. Alysa Krain, an infectious disease doctor who specializes in geriatric medicine at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, told the Washington Post that the special hours make her nervous.

“It was a good idea in general, but it’s a little bit dangerous if it’s not controlled,” Krain told the Post.

Stores helping elderly, vulnerable

Albertsons: From 7 to 9 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, the company is reserving time for “those vulnerable shoppers who must leave home to obtain their groceries, unless otherwise locally mandated.” Find the full list of Albertsons companies stores here.

Bashas' Supermarkets: The company's stores including Bashas', Food City and AJ's grocery stores will open from 5 to 6 a.m.

Wednesdays for anyone age 65 and older, the Arizona Republic, part of the USA TODAY Network reported. The hour for Bashas' reservation stores is from 6 to 7 a.m. Shoppers will be required to show valid identification at the store.

If a caretaker is needed, one can shop with the senior but cannot shop for themselves.

Dollar General: The Goodlettsville, Tennessee-based discount chain announced it is dedicating the first hour in its more than 16,000 stores in 44 states to help senior shoppers “avoid busier and more crowded shopping periods.” The retailer said said in a tweet that it wasn't “qualifying a specific age” for the set-aside time.

Fareway Meat & Grocery: Starting Wednesday and until further notice, stores will open to shoppers 65 and older, expecting mothers and those with “increased susceptibility to serious illness” from 8 to 9 a.m. Monday through Saturday. Stores will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the general public.

Fresh Market: The grocer, which has 159 stores in 22 states, is reserving the first hour stores open, from 8 to 9 a.m. for “seniors and those most at risk” Monday through Friday. 

Food Town: The Texas-based retailer says to “help support the shopping needs of the elderly in our community,” stores will open from 7 to 8 a.m. to allow those ages 65 and older to shop in a less crowded environment. Access to the store during the hour will require a government-issued state ID or Texas drivers license.

Gelson's: Starting Wednesdays, seniors 65 and older can shop from 7 to 8 a.m. “You may be asked for ID,” the California grocer said on its website.

Jersey City: In Jersey City, New Jersey, grocery stores will allocate two hours every morning, from 9 to 11, specifically for elderly, disabled and pregnant shoppers, Mayor Steven Fulop said. The rule started Tuesday and applies to grocery stores that have three or more cash registers.

Mother’s Markets: The California-based company is starting “Safe Shop Wednesdays” and is opening from 6 to 7 a.m. every Wednesday for “elderly, disabled, those with compromised immune systems, chemo patients, etc.” It's also offering free home delivery for the high-risk groups with promo code FREE4SENIORS.

Northgate González Market: The Southern California Latino market has started a special hour of shopping for the disabled and seniors 65 and older from 7 to 8 a.m. at its 41 locations.

Safeway: From 7 to 9 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, the company is reserving time for “those vulnerable shoppers who must leave home to obtain their groceries, unless otherwise locally mandated.” 

Schnucks: Starting Wednesday and continuing indefinitely, Schnucks is reserving the first hour of each day – from 6 to 7 a.m. – for shopping by seniors aged 60 and above, and for those who are most at risk of COVID-19, the grocer announced.

Sedano's Supermarkets: Starting Thursday, the Florida-based chain's 35 locations will open from 7 to 8 a.m. for seniors 65 and older and “the immunocompromised members of our communities,” the company said.

Smith's Food & Drug Stores: Starting Wednesday, Smith’s will dedicate the first hour on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7 to 8 a.m., “solely to the shopping needs of senior citizens until further notice,” the company wrote in a  post.

Stop & Shop: Starting Thursday, the retailer, which has more than 400 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey, will give shoppers 60 and older 90 minutes to shop each morning from 6 to 7:30 a.m., according to the Asbury Park Press, part of the USA TODAY Network. Stop & Shop said the dedicated time better enables social distancing and there would be a designated entrance for seniors.

Target: Starting Wednesday, the retailer will “reserve the first hour of shopping each Wednesday at stores nationwide for vulnerable guests,” Target said, adding it is “encouraging other guests to plan their shopping trips around this timeframe.” 

Vallarta Supermarkets: Starting Wednesday, all locations will be open from 7 to 8 a.m. for shoppers 65-plus, pregnant women and those with disabilities, the grocer said in a post.

Whole Foods Market: Starting Wednesday, all Whole Foods Market stores in the U.S. and Canada will let customers who are 60 and older shop one hour before opening to the public.

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Contributing: David P. Willis, Asbury Park Press; Anthony Zurita, NorthJersey.com; Alyssa Stoney, Arizona Republic; Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register

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List: Stores offering dedicated shopping hours for seniors :: WRAL.com

Whole Foods, Target offer coronavirus hours for seniors, at-risk shoppers

Updated July 6: There are still multiple grocery stores here in the Triangle offering dedicated shopping hours for seniors to help reduce their risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read on for the list including grocery stores, drug stores, big box stores and warehouse clubs.

As of July 2020, many stores have adjusted or ended their special senior shopping hours. Be sure to check on the company website for your specific store location to see the most current hours for your specific store.

You will notice that many of these dedicated shopping times are early in the morning. Most stores are thoroughly cleaning at the end of the day and the stores restock the shelves at night after trucks make their deliveries.

The early shopping hours allow seniors and at-risk shoppers an opportunity to shop when the stores are cleaner and better stocked.

In addition, stores are better able to reduce traffic from other shoppers if the store is not yet open for the day when the at-risk shopping time begins.

The early hours may seem an inconvenience to some, but they are in place for the safety and benefit of those shoppers most at risk during this pandemic.

If you prefer to stay the store completely, most stores are offering store pick-up when you order online. Once you have ordered, chosen a pick-up time and paid for your order online, you can then drive-up to the store and an employee will bring your groceries out to your car.

Read on for the list of stores with adjusted in-store shopping hours including grocery stores, drug stores and warehouse clubs.


Aldi is opening on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. and dedicating the first hour of business for vulnerable shoppers including including seniors, expectant mothers, and health compromised shoppers. See the details on their website.

Big Lots

As of July, the Big Lots website does not indicate that they are still offering early shopping hours for at-risk shoppers. Check with your specific store to see if it is offering special shopping hours for those at risk. See the details on their website.

BJ's Wholesale Club

As of July 6, the BJ's Wholesale Club website indicates they are still offering a designated shopping hour on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays from 8:00 am – 9:00 am for Members 60 and over.

Clubs will open at 9:00 am for the rest of their Members. You can see the information on their page.

In addition, First Responders have a designated shopping hour on Sundays from 8 AM to 9 AM.

Carlie C's

As of July 6, Carlie C's is still offering a special shopping hour for Seniors 60+ on Sundays from 7 am-8 am.

They also have online grocery shopping at 24 of their locations in North Carolina. Customers can do pickup or if they live within a 5 mile radius, they can get their groceries delivered to their house.

They also have a mobile app so you can place your order from your phone.

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Starting the week of July 13, special hours for members who are 60 or older will be from 9 to 10 a.m., Tuesday and Thursday.

From the Costco website: “Effective Monday, May 4, Costco warehouses will open from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Monday through Friday for members ages 60 and older, and people with disabilities.

Only members who meet this criteria will be able to shop during these hours. Guests will not be admitted. The pharmacy will be open, but the Costco Food Court will be closed during these hours.

See their website for details.

Dollar General

As of July 6, the Dollar General website indicates they are still asking customers to let seniors shop during the first hour of business each day. See the details on their website.

Dollar Tree

Dollar Tree is dedicating the first hour of business in their stores to at-risk customers including senior citizens, individuals with pre-existing health conditions, and pregnant women, until further notice. They are asking all other customers to wait at least one hour after the stores open to shop each day. See the details on their website.

Food Lion

As of July 6, the Food Lion website indicates it is still offering special shopping times for customers who are 60 and older or who are immunocompromised on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 a.m. – 8 a.m. each week. They are asking all other shoppers to respect these designated shopping windows for their at-risk neighbors. See the details on their website.

Harris Teeter

Harris Teeter has reserved Monday and Thursday mornings from 6 am to 8 am as senior shopping hours for shoppers age 60 and over beginning Monday, March 30.

According to the Harris Teeter page on March 27, “Starting Monday, March 30, we will offer TWO hours for Senior Shopping. Seniors and other vulnerable shoppers are invited to shop each Monday and Thursday from 6am to 8am.

Starbucks will be open. Pharmacies will be open at 7am. And, we’ll have more fresh offerings available.

We ask that our Harris Teeter shoppers reserve Monday and Thursday mornings from 6am to 8am for our seniors or other high-risk shoppers.”

In addition, according to their website, “Harris Teeter will designate ExpressLane Online Shopping pick-up times from 9am to 2pm for seniors only every Thursday until further notice AND will waive the $4.95 fee & offer $5 delivery for seniors during these times.

This will allow our senior shoppers to take advantage of their 5% Senior Club discount, and it will provide a genuine opportunity for our senior shoppers to purchase what they need while practicing the CDC’s recommended social distancing guidelines.” See the details at HarrisTeeter.com.


Lidl is offering special shopping hours for customers over the age of 65, and those that are immunocompromised. The special shopping hours are from 7 – 8 a.m. each Tuesday and Thursday at all Lidl stores. See the details on their page.

Lowes Foods

Lowes Foods is dedicating 7am-8am on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to Seniors and those who are more vulnerable to the virus.


Beginning Saturday, May 16, Publix began offering new shopping hours from 7 am to 9 pm each day and the reserved shopping hours for customers who are 65 and older are longer be available. See details HERE.

Publix expanding shopping hours, ending reserved hours

Sam's Club

As of June 11, Sam's Club is still offering its Concierge Service for seniors and high risk members every Tuesday and Thursday from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., and Hero Hours every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., until further notice. See the details on their website.


As of July 6, the first hour that Target stores are open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays is still available for those over 65 years old, pregnant women and those defined by the CDC as vulnerable or at-risk. CVS pharmacies in Target stores will also be open during those times. See your local store opening times, at Target.com/store-locator.

Trader Joe's

As of July 6, the Trader Joe's website indicates that from 8AM – 9AM each day, most stores are open to senior customers (age 60 and over) and customers with disabilities who may need extra assistance. See the hours for your store on their website.

The Fresh Market

At The Fresh Market, each weekday from 8 AM – 9 AM will be reserved for seniors and other individuals most at risk (those with chronic health conditions such as heart disease or diabetes). See the details on their website.


Senior hours are available to customers and patients age 55 and over every Tuesday from 8:00 am to 9:00 am, for a limited time period. Pharmacy hours may vary by location. You may want to call your local store to see if they are still offering senior hours. See the details on their website.


Walmart stores are offering a senior shopping hour every Tuesday for customers age 60 and older who may be more vulnerable. It starts one hour before the store opens. The pharmacies and vision centers will also be open during this time. See the details on their website.

Whole Foods

As of July 6, most Whole Foods locations in the are are offering special hours for Guests 60 and older and those at high risk or with disabilities. They can shop in-store from 7 – 8 am on Wed and Fri.  See the store locator on their website to verify the hours for your local Whole Foods.

Additional Resources for Seniors

In addition to reserved shopping times for seniors, many businesses and organizations are offering delivery and drive-through services to help seniors reduce contact and still find the essentials they need. CLICK HERE for a growing list of resources including free prescription delivery, free curbside grocery pick-up, grocery delivery options and food pantry assistance.

List of resources to help seniors get groceries and prescriptions Grocery stores begin returning to regular operating hours

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