Several grocery stores set aside hours for at-risk shoppers

A few grocery stores have started offering senior-only shopping times to give vulnerable populations a chance to shop with less risk of infection.

Albertsons, Safeway, Whole Foods, and Target have all set aside hours for at-risk shoppers, which includes senior citizens, pregnant women, and those with compromised immune systems.

Both Albertsons and Safeway will offer the special shopping hours from 7am to 9am Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Target will designate the first opening hour of each Wednesday for seniors, and Whole Foods will open one hour before normal hours on Wednesdays to accommodate elderly (ages 60+) and at-risk shoppers.

“We are sensitive to the fact that everyone wants to make sure they have the items they need, and we also know that everyone wants their neighbors to stay safe and healthy, too,” Vivek Sankaran, President and CEO of Albertsons said in a statement. “We are asking our customers to respect these special hours for those who are most at risk in our communities. We thank our customers in advance for their compassion and understanding toward their neighbors and friends, and in helping us maintain this temporary operations guideline.”

4 thoughts to “Several grocery stores set aside hours for at-risk shoppers”

  1. Should be treating this as they do a bar: check ID’s. Make this truly effective. I appreciate their attempts here. How much TP do you need in your basement? Next up: shorter hours to control the masses.

    1. Wouldn’t shorter hours ensure more people in the store in that shorter amount of time?

      Good thing you aren’t in charge of pandemic responses…or anything for that matter.

    2. Why check IDs to know if you’re old and senile, they can just ask you “Do you think Dori Monson makes sense?” and if your answer is “yes”, you’re in.

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