Which grocery stores have special shopping hours for customers at high risk?

Here are the special hours for some of the largest chains

Note: Information is from company websites and was verified as of April 15. Check with your local store to confirm their policy. For more about how grocers are responding to the coronavirus pandemic, see Grocery Dive’s tracker.

Keep in mind that the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 mainly spreads from person to person in situations where it’s hard to maintain social distancing, so take steps to limit your time inside the store. Click here for more of our grocery shopping tips.

Albertsons

  • When: Varies by store. (Contact a store for individual store hours.)
  • Who: Seniors

Aldi

  • When: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30-9:30 a.m.
  • Who: Vulnerable shoppers (including senior citizens, pregnant women, and people with underlying health concerns)

Costco Wholesale

  • When: Tuesdays through Thursdays from 8-9 a.m.
  • Who: People who are 60 and older and people with disabilities

Harris Teeter

  • When: Mondays and Thursdays 6-8 a.m.
  • Who: People who are 60 and older and other vulnerable shoppers

Kroger

  • When: Varies by store. (Click here for individual store hours.)
  • Who: People who are 60 and older. Some locations include other at-risk individuals. (Click here for individual store policies.)

Meijer

  • When: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-8 a.m.
  • Who: Seniors and people with chronic health conditions

Publix

  • When: Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7-8 a.m.
  • Who: People who are 65 and older

Sam’s Club

  • When: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-9 a.m.
  • Who: Seniors, people who are immune-compromised, and people with disabilities

Target

  • When: Tuesdays and Wednesdays for the first hour the store is open. (Click here for individual store hours.)
  • Who: People who are 65 and older, pregnant women, and those defined by the CDC as vulnerable or at-risk

Trader Joe’s

  • When: Every day for the first hour the store is open. (Click here for individual store hours.)
  • Who: People who are 60 and older and people with disabilities who may need additional assistance while shopping

Wal-Mart

  • When: Tuesdays one hour before the store is open
  • Who: People who are 60 and older

Whole Foods Market

  • When: Every day for one hour before the store is open. (Click here for individual store hours.)
  • Who: People who are 60 and older
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