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Coronavirus senior shopping: Stores introduce ‘senior-only’ time

Updated: As new stores designate shopping hours for seniors and vulnerable customers, we will add to our list. 

Some retailers are setting aside time for their most vulnerable customers to shop.

Acknowledging that older adults and persons with underlying health conditions are more susceptible to COVID-19, a growing number of stores are dedicating time or opening earlier for senior shoppers and other at-risk groups.

Because of panic shopping, which has left many store shelves empty, at-risk groups including seniors have had difficulty getting supplies.

Costco Wholesale Club started a twice-weekly senior hour March 24 for Tuesdays and Thursdays and added Wednesdays as a third day. It’s also allowing “those with physical impairments” to participate.

Walgreens also has a Tuesday weekly senior hour from 8 to 9 a.m., open to caregivers and immediate families, as well.

Through April 28, Walmart stores will host an hour-long senior shopping event every Tuesday for customers 60 and older. The designated hour will start one hour before the retailer’s 5,000-plus U.S. stores open.

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