Florida Coronavirus: Special Grocery Shopping Hours For Seniors

Florida Coronavirus: Special Grocery Shopping Hours For Seniors

Publix, Aldi, Costco and other Florida grocery chains are adjusting hours to help senior shoppers hampered by the coronavirus outbreak.

By Deb Belt, Patch Staff
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Grocery store chains across Florida have adjusted hours to better clean stores and restock shelves amid the ongoing new coronavirus outbreak. (Deb Belt/Patch)
FLORIDA — Grocery stores across Florida have set aside special hours for shoppers who may be more vulnerable during the new coronavirus pandemic. In some cases, these at-risk customers will have an hour to shop without others in the store.

Those who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 are older adults and people with underlying medical conditions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

These are the stores that have designated hours or special services for at-risk populations.


ALDI: Stores are now open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Some stores may have limited hours to accommodate restocking and cleaning.

BJ’s: All BJ’s Wholesale Club locations will begin opening one hour early every day for members who are age 60 or older. This special opening hour will be from 8-9 a.m. daily and there will be a designated entrance for them to use.

Costco: Limits have been implemented on certain items, controlling the number of members in warehouses and reduced some services.

Dollar General: The first hour the store is open will be designated for senior shoppers. Hours vary by location.

Publix: Publix Super Markets temporarily adjusted daily store hours companywide to 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. In addition, in-store pharmacy hours will also change to 9 a.m. to 6 p.m, Monday through Saturday and normal pharmacy hours on Sunday.

Sam’s Club: All club opening hours are now 9 a.m. until 8 p.m., Monday – Saturday. On Sunday, hours will remain 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Pre-scheduled Club Pickup orders will still be available for pickup starting at 7 a.m. The Tire and Battery Center hours will move to 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday – Saturday until further notice. If a member has an existing appointment, that appointment time stands. Optical, Pharmacy and Fuel hours remain the same.

Save A Lot: Many stores are dedicating the first hour of shopping to seniors. People should call their store to verify.

Stop & Shop: The grocery chain has adjusted store hours to 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Stores will open early to service vulnerable customers from 6 to 7:30 a.m. daily.

Target: All stores will close at 9 p.m. local time to allow more time for teams to clean and restock store shelves. Target will reserve the first hour of shopping each Wednesday at stores nationwide for vulnerable guests – including those over 65-years-old, pregnant women or those defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as vulnerable or at-risk.

Trader Joe’s: Seniors will have a separate line to get into the store for expedited entry from 9 to 10 a.m.

Walgreens: Stores will open from 8 to 9 a.m. Tuesdays starting March 24 for seniors, their caregivers and family members of seniors. Those 55 and up will get the senior day discount on Tuesdays, which is 20 percent off regular-price national brands and 30 percent off regular-price Walgreens brands.

Walmart: Special senior shopping hours for those 60 and older will be offered from 6 to 7 a.m. Tuesdays from March 24 to April 28. Pharmacies and vision centers will be open.

Whole Foods: One hour before stores open to the public, those 6o and up will be able to shop.

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