Shopping Safer During COVID-19

We share all information we hear about that supports a safer shopping experience during the pandemic. We also want to provide realistic expectations and share experiences you and your neighbors are having during this time.

So while we are excited to share that some grocery stores identified below are offering special shopping hours dedicated to older adults, we also want to share that many stores aren’t monitoring this and not all individuals are adhering to the outlined hours.

We have found the same is true of masks. While all stores are required to post signage that masks are required some shopping retailers are adhering to the requirements better than others. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to share your own shopping experiences. Include recommendations of stores that are doing a terrific job of implementing COVID-19 safety precautions.

Grocers with Senior Hours

Albertsons/SafewayTuesday and Thursday from 7 to 9 a.m.” for seniors and other consumers at higher risk for the coronavirus, including pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems. For its other brands, including Safeway, check with your local grocer.

Dollar General: The first hour of operations is dedicated to “senior” customers. Stores will also close an hour early to allow employees to clean and restock shelves. Store hours vary by location.

Target: The first hour of shopping at stores each Tuesday and Wednesday is dedicated to older adults and those with underlying health concerns. Opening hours vary by location.

Walgreens: Every Tuesday is seniors day, with all-day discounts and senior-only shopping from 8 to 9 a.m. The hour is also designated for caregivers and immediate families. Discounts include 30 percent off Walgreen brands and 20 percent off national brands for those 55 and older.

WalmartShoppers 60 and older can shop one hour before the store opens. Its pharmacies and vision centers will also be open. Store hours are 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

 

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Shop Safely From Home

Instacart lets you shop from local grocery stores online, then sends a “personal shopper” to fulfill and deliver your order to you the same day. Unlike other grocery delivery services, the company doesn’t stockpile fresh produce in a massive warehouse. Instead, their shoppers shop at major grocery stores in your area like Fred Meyer and Costco through its website, and then sends your order to one of its part-time employees. This personal shopper goes to the store, picks up everything on your list, and then delivers it to your door in their own car. 
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