Grocery stores now have special hours for older people to shop
Stop & Shop, in the Boston Area, has one of the most extensive programs
Many grocery stores are changing their hours to give staff a chance to restock the shelves, in light of the coronavirus pandemic - which has led to people stockpiling food. (Friendly reminder: there isn’t a food shortage - and hoarding is dangerous.)
And now a number of grocery stores are giving elderly or more vulnerable people dedicated time to shop.
Stop & Shop, in the Boston Area, is giving seniors a 90-minute window to get their groceries and essentials before the other customers arrive and are allowed in. As CNBC reports, the store also has signs and stickers reminding customers to stay six feet apart. Every other cashier stand will be closed as well. Employees are encouraging early bird customers to stand far apart outside while they’re waiting for the store to open.
Other stores who have implemented these new dedicated shopping time slots are Target, Walmart and Whole Foods. The slots allow older people and those with medical conditions to navigate the store more easily.
According to CNBC, Stop & Shop has one of the most expansive programs. It is reserving between 6 and 7.30am every day for customers aged 60 and older and younger customers with weakened immune systems.
Gordon Reid, president of Stop & Shop, said: “We saw the problem and then looked for a way to solve it. We don’t know what response we’re going to get, we don’t know how many people are going to come along, but we wanted to make sure it was a constant that people could depend on because none of us know how long this is going to keep going.”
Whole Foods has set aside an hour at the start of every morning, for shoppers aged 60 or older. At Target, the first hour on Wednesdays is open to elderly customers or those with underlying health conditions. At Walmart, it’s the first hour of each Tuesday for customers age 60 and older, starting March 24.