BJ’s Wholesale Club stores are open one hour early daily — from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. — for warehouse club members ages 60 and older.
Every Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., Costco stores are reserved for members who are 60 and over or who have physical disabilities.
The first hour of shopping at Target every Tuesday and Wednesday will be reserved for vulnerable customers, “including the elderly and those with underlying health concerns.” All Target stores will close by 9 p.m. daily as well.
Sam’s Club stores are open two hours early — from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. — every Tuesday and Thursday strictly for members who are seniors or have disabilities or compromised immune systems. Qualifying members have the choice to go shopping inside stores during these special hours, or to place orders from their cars in a designated parking location outside the store and have their goods picked out by a Sam’s Club worker.
Now through April 28 at least, Walmart stores will be open one hour early every Tuesday for customers age 60 and over. Most Walmart store hours begin at 7 a.m. daily nowadays, in which case the store would be open from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. on Tuesday strictly for older shoppers.
Senior Shopping Hours at Other Grocery Stores
Albertsons is requiring that all of its grocery brands, which include Safeway, Shaws, Vons, Acme, and the flagship Albertsons supermarkets, open stores at a minimum every Tuesday and Thursday from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. strictly for vulnerable shoppers, including “senior citizens and other at-risk populations, such as pregnant women or those with compromised immune systems, who have been advised to avoid leaving home as much as possible.”
Every Tuesday and Thursday, Aldi stores will open at 8:30 a.m. and reserve the first hour for senior citizens, pregnant women, and other vulnerable shoppers.
The first hour of shopping at Big Lots stores is being reserved for senior citizens and all other vulnerable customers.
Big Y, a grocery chain with locations in Massachusetts and Connecticut, is reserving 7 a.m to 8 a.m. daily for customers who are 60 and older, or who have compromised immune systems.
BI-LO and other supermarkets owned by the Southeastern Grocers company, including Harveys and Winn-Dixie, have designated shopping hours for seniors and high-risk customers from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday.
The first hour that Dollar General stores are open is being reserved for seniors and other at-risk shoppers.
Giant Food stores are being reserved for senior shoppers and customers with compromised immune systems from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. daily.
Hy-Vee grocery stores will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. daily strictly for customers who are 60 and older, expectant mothers, and others with health conditions that make them susceptible to serious illness.
Kroger, whose grocery retail brands include Ralphs, City Market, Fred Meyer, Harris Teeter, King Sooper, and its flagship Kroger stores, has exclusive hours for seniors ages 60 and older in most locations. Special senior hours vary by brand and store location, but are typically 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. from Monday to Thursday. Check your local store for hours.
Market Basket stores are reserved for senior shoppers (60 and over) from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. daily.
Price Chopper stores are reserved for seniors and customers with compromised immune systems from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. daily.
Publix stores are open from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday for customers ages 65 and older.
Shoprite senior shopping hours and policies vary by location. The chain says that some locations are “reserving special shopping hours, while others are establishing separate checkout stations to accommodate the elderly and high-risk individuals.” Check your local store’s social media page for more information.
Access to Stop & Shop stores is reserved for seniors and customers with compromised immune systems from 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. daily.
Trader Joe’s has not instituted special senior shopping hours, but says that employees will “maintain an additional line outside the front door for our senior customers,” for the first hour stores are open every day, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
All Whole Foods stores in the U.S. and Canada are open to customers ages 60 and up one hour before opening to the general public. So if your Whole Foods normally opens at 9 a.m., it will be open starting at 8 a.m. for older shoppers.
Do CVS, Walgreens, and Other Drugstores Have Senior Hours?
Major drugstore chains like CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens are all taking steps to address concerns about coronavirus, including increased availability of free shipping for online purchases and drive-thru and curbside pickup for online orders. But of these pharmacies, at least for the time being only Walgreens is reserving special hours for senior shoppers.
Walgreens stores are offering seniors-only shopping from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. every Tuesday. The same senior shopping hours are also available at Duane Reade, which is owned by Walgreens.