It can be an uncertain time to leave your home for necessities like groceries each week. Americans are encouraged to only buy what they need but more and more stores have been adding special hours for senior citizens or those with underlying health conditions. Here are what some local stores are doing.
- Giant – Giant has stores in the DMV area. Since March 20th, they are offering 6-7 a.m. every day of the week for those ages 60+ and individuals with compromised immune systems to shop. Of course, they are asked to social distance while doing so. Giant will not be checking IDs as the hours are reserved for caregivers for customers unable to grocery shop due to their health. Customers are asked to honor the special shopping hour and refrain from coming if they do not fit the specifications. Giant also has new hours effective Friday March 27th—stores are open 6 a.m.-10 p.m. daily (except 24-hour ones).
- Safeway – Safeway is offering special shopping hours from 7-9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The hours are reserved for “vulnerable shoppers who must leave home to obtain their groceries, otherwise locally mandated.” Safeway advises checking your local store’s hours just in case they’re following their own schedule.
- Trader Joe’s – Since March 23rd, Trader Joe’s has chosen to make their first hour of opening, 9-10 a.m. for senior citizens. Also, stores are now closing at 7 p.m. daily to assist crew members. Trader Joe’s has also suspended in-store food and beverage samples for the safety of customers and employees and upped their routine cleaning.
- Whole Foods – Whole Foods is welcoming seniors ages 60 or over to their stores one hour before they open. Most open at 8 a.m., which would make their dedicated hours from 7-8 a.m. Whole Foods is also expanding to service more Prime Members with their grocery delivery service.