Stores with Dedicated Shopping Hours for Seniors and Others at Risk

With all that is happening in the world right now, seniors may not be comfortable leaving home to shop with any crowds that may be out there. Several stores have dedicated shopping hours for seniors and those with underlying health conditions. Current as of Friday, March 27, 2020, 10:30 am.

  • Big Lots: Stores are reserving first hour of each day for senior citizens and “those most vulnerable to this virus,” CEO Bruce Thorn said in an email to shoppers. Stores open 9 am-9 pm.
  • Costco: Beginning March 24, adding special hours only for members 60 and older to shop: 8-9 am, Tuesday and Thursday.
  • Dollar General: Dedicating the first hour of opening to seniors, and closing one hour early to clean and restock. Store hours vary slightly, but most area Dollar General stores open at 8 am. 
  • The Fresh Market: Designating 8 am to 9 am on weekdays to seniors and at-risk individuals.
  • Findlay Market: One-hour shopping period on Wednesdays and Fridays for senior citizens and vulnerable populations. Hours will be adjusted based on demand and feedback. Normal business hours: T-Friday 9a-6p; Sat: 8a-6p; Sun. 10a-4p, closed Mondays.
  • Kroger: Beginning Monday, March 23, the first hour stores are open (7-8 am) will be reserved for those over 60 and high-risk individuals, on Monday through Thursday.
  • Meijer: Meijer stores and pharmacies will provide dedicated shopping times from 7-8 am on Tuesday and Thursday for seniors and those with chronic health conditions.
  • Sam's Club: The wholesale club  is holding special hours for seniors, people with disabilities and those with compromised immune systems: Tuesdays and Thursdays 7-9 a.m. Also a "Shop from Your Car" service. 
  • Target: Reserving the first hour of shopping every Wednesday to the elderly and those with underlying health conditions. Most area Target stores open at 8 am.
  • Trader Joe's: The first hour of daily shopping (9-10 a.m.) is reserved for senior customers.
  • Walmart: Hosting an hour-long "senior shopping event" every Tuesday aged 60+ and adjusting operating hours for enhanced cleaning. As of Thursday, March 19, stores will be open from 7 am-8:30 pm local time nationwide. Stores that open later than 7 am will continue their regular starting hours, the retail giant said in a press release.
  • Walgreens: Offering a "Senior Hour" on Tuesdays from 8-9:00 a.m. Customers 55+ will receive special discounts on Tuesdays.
  • Whole Foods: Opening one hour early to shoppers aged 60+ in the US and Canada. Most area Whole Foods stores open at 8 am to the public, so guests 60+ can start to shop at 7 am.

Please keep in mind that Council on Aging is here to help if you don’t feel comfortable going out at all. Call us at (513) 721-1025.