Local Markets Opening Early for Seniors and those with Special Needs

Local Markets Opening Early for Seniors and those with Special Needs


I’m really glad local markets are opening early to help seniors,” said Barbara Beckford of Hemet. 

Grocery and bulk item stores across the region like Albertsons, Stater Brothers, Ralph’s, Trader Joe’s, Smart and Final, etc. are opening early to accommodate seniors. 

Although the special hours are meant to make it easier for seniors to get in and out before the crowds come, in most instances the same accommodations are being extended to the disabled as well as pregnant mothers. Following is a partial list of Special Hours for the elderly and those with special needs. Please confirm with your local stores, as times may be subject to change.

Albertsons  Between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, shopping is open to those 65 and older, First Responders, Pregnant Women, those with disabilities.

Big Lots Is reserving the first hour of each day for our senior citizens and those most vulnerable to COVID-19.

Cardenas Markets Is opening from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. daily

Clark’s Nutrition Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. daily for seniors and the disabled. 

Costco  Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. No guests will be admitted with the elderly.

Food for Less Is adjusting its hours for senior citizens, expectant mothers and first responders to shop without the rush. Contact your local store for hours.  

Gelson’s  7 a.m. to 8 a.m. for customers 65 and older.

Grocery Outlet Seniors’ special shopping hour between 7 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. daily

Ralph’s Is opening for seniors from 7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. daily

Pavilions Opening daily from 7 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. for seniors

Smart and Final  6:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. for seniors

Stater Bros. Seniors and those with disabilities the stores can shop between 7:45 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.  

Target The first shopping hour each Wednesday is now reserved for vulnerable guests including the elderly and those with underlying health concerns

Walmart  For customers aged 60 and older from 6 a.m. to 7a.m. daily. This includes its pharmacies and vision centers.

Whole Foods Market  Opens to customers aged 60 and over for one hour usually between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. before opening to the general public. Check with your local store to confirm time.

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