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SoCal Grocery Stores Offer Senior Shopping Hours in Response to Coronavirus

SoCal Grocery Stores Offer Senior Shopping Hours in Response to Coronavirus

Grocery stores throughout SoCal have begun offering designated “Senior Citizen Shopping Hours” for senior citizens to shop amid coronavirus concerns.

Albertsons: Locations will reserve two hours — 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. — for senior shoppers on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Baron’s Market: Seniors 65 and older and people with disabilities will have the store to themselves from 9 to 9:30 a.m.

Dollar General: The first hour of operation is dedicated to senior customers.

El Segundo: The Rotary Club of El Segundo and City of El Segundo Recreation Parks Department developed a COVID-19 Senior Outreach program to help senior shoppers. Requests are limited to 15 items. Shopping and deliveries are done on Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays. Call 310-524-2705 or email outreachhelp@elsegundo.org.

Erewhon Market: Erewhon will open early from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. for the elderly and immune compromised.

Gelson’s: Seniors can shop from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. at Gelsons locations.

Grocery Outlet: In a Facebook post, the Atladena location of the Grocery Outlet said that starting Thursday, March 19, only shoppers older than 60 will be allowed to shop in the store from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. In a Facebook post, the owners said the store would be freshly cleaned, fully stocked and only allowing elderly shoppers in order to reduce the chance of coronavirus containment.

The owners are asking any senior citizen that cannot into the store due to illness to contact them and they will arrange a way to get their groceries to them.

This offer does not apply to all Grocery Outlet locations, just the Atladena location. The Altadena branch of the Grocery Outlet is located at 2270 Lake Ave, Altadena, CA 91001.

Northgate Gonzalez Market: All 41 Northgate Gonzalez Market stores throughout SoCal will also open early to help the elderly and disabled from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. in addition to its regular store hours.

Super A Foods: Super A Foods also announced a “Senior Shopping” period from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. for people older than 65 beginning Tuesday.

Target: The first hour of shopping each Wednesday will be reserved for vulnerable guests, including seniors and those with underlying health concerns.

Trader Joe’s: Effective March 23, between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. daily, Trader Joe’s   will have an additional line outside the front door for senior customers. They will have an expedited entrance to the store.

Vallarta Supermarkets: Starting Wednesday, seniors, pregnant women and customers with disabilities can shop early from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.

Whole Foods Markets: Starting on March 18, all Whole Foods Market stores will open to customers who are 60 and older one hour before opening to the public. Whole Foods Market stores will close up to two hours early to give employees more time restock shelves and clean. Stores will remain open for pickup during those times.