Grocery shopping is a painful experience right now, with people facing food shortages, delivery delays and navigating a crowded store while trying to stay 6 feet apart from everyone. Supermarkets are attempting to help the most vulnerable populations by having dedicated store hours and other services available to them. Here’s a growing list of companies offering this.
Walgreens has a weekly Seniors Day for people 55 and older. Every Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., only seniors can shop, and select items are 30% off in the store or online all day.
H-E-B, through its delivery service Favor, is offering a shopping and delivery service for people 60 and older. They can order online or call the Senior Support Line at 833-397-0080 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. seven days a week. A personal shopper, who is available directly by phone, executes the order and delivers it.
Food Town is open only for seniors 65 or older during the hours of 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. every day.
Whole Foods is allowing customers 60 or older to shop one hour before public opening times (these vary by store location).
Walmart is dedicating an hour before stores open, from March 24 to April 28, to senior shoppers 60 and older.
Randalls locations across Houston are encouraging most customers not to shop between the hours of 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, to make priority for seniors 60 or older, as well as other at-risk people like pregnant women. However, these hours aren’t mandatory.
Target is reserving the first hour of shopping every Wednesday to seniors over 65 and other at-risk people as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Kroger is not yet offering senior hours in its Houston stores. At Dallas locations, exclusive shopping for those 60 or older is available 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays.