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Grocery Stores offering Special Shopping Hours for Senior Citizens (UPDATED: 03/26/20)

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In an effort to make shopping a little safer and less overwhelming, many stores are offering special shopping hours for senior citizens. In some cases, other shoppers who are particularly susceptible to medical complications from Coronavirus are also included.
Most of the restricted shopping times occur right at the beginning of the day, during the first hour of business. Since many stores are now closing down overnight for restocking and enhanced cleaning procedures, these restricted hours will give our most vulnerable friends and family members a chance to get what they need in the safest environment possible while avoiding the worst of the crowds.
Requirements to shop during these hours vary by store, so if you have any questions please contact your local retailer before heading out. Most stores aren’t requiring ID, but you may want to bring a valid form of identification just in case.
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Albertsons & Affiliates

Albertsons and other company-owned stores will be reserving every Tuesday and Thursday from 7 AM to 9 AM for its most “vulnerable shoppers.”

This includes senior citizens and other at-risk populations such as pregnant women or those with compromised immune systems.
The Albertsons company includes other stores such as Acme, Jewel-Osco, Randall’s, Safeway, Shaw’s, and Star Market. 


On Tuesdays and Thursdays, ALDI stores will open at 8:30AM and reserve the first hour of business for vulnerable shoppers. This includes senior citizens, expectant mothers and those with underlying health concerns. 

Big Lots

All Big Lots stores are reserving the first hour of every day for senior citizens and those most vulnerable to the virus. 


Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 8 AM to 9 AM, Costco will open to members who are 60 and older. The pharmacy will also be open during this hour, but the food court will maintain its normal schedule. These hours apply to all locations except the Business Centers, which will remain open during regular hours.

Ralphs & Affiliates

Some Ralphs locations and other company-owned stores have started to offer exclusive shopping hours for seniors 60 and older. Hours vary by location, so please see the complete list or contact your local store directly to see if it’s participating.
Target shopping carts


Target is reserving the first hour of shopping each Wednesday to support “vulnerable guests,” which includes the elderly and those with underlying health concerns. Use Target’s store locator to check the hours at a store near you.

Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe’s is starting every day with a senior shopping hour from 9 AM to 10 AM. When lines form outside the store, a separate line will be maintained during this time for senior customers.


Now, every Tuesday is Seniors Day at Walgreens. This means that every Tuesday will begin with a senior shopping hour from 8 AM to 9 AM for shoppers ages 55 and up.

Seniors can also enjoy special discounts every Tuesday, including 30% off eligible regular-price store-brand products (in-store or online with code SENIOR30) and 20% off all other eligible regular-price items (in-store or online with code SENIOR20).

Whole Foods

All Whole Foods Market stores in the U.S. and Canada are now servicing customers who are 60 and older one hour before opening to the general public. For example, in stores where the hours of operation are 9 AM -8 PM, customers who are 60 and older can shop beginning at 8 AM.