These Colorado stores are offering dedicated hours for elderly and vulnerable shoppers

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Several large grocery store chains around the nation, including Target, WholeFoods, and Safeway, are making big changes to help protect those threatened the most by COVID-19, introducing dedicated times for these populations to shop at lower risk.

Setting aside special times for these groups to shop not only allows them to find groceries on fully stocked shelves, it also helps to limit exposure to larger crowds.

Here’s a list of stores in Colorado and beyond that are adopting special store hours for seniors and the most vulnerable shoppers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

1. Dollar General

The first hour of every business day is dedicated to seniors. The store will also close an hour early to allow for cleaning and re-stocking, as well as employee health and wellbeing. More details here.

2. King Soopers

Stores have been updated from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM, with the first shopping hour of every Monday, Wednesday and Friday reserved for seniors. More details here.

3. Safeway

Special shopping hours will be reserved for seniors and other at-risk populations every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00 to 9:00 AM. More details here.

4. Target

The first shopping hour of every Wednesday will be dedicated to “vulnerable guests” including the elderly and those with underlying health concerns. Store hours will also be reduced for restocking, closing at 9:00 PM. Check target.com for your local store hours.

5. Walmart

Special store hours will be implemented from March 24 through April 28 for an “hour-long senior shopping event” every Tuesday. Customers aged 60 years and older will able to shop in stores one-hour prior to opening. While stores will be adjusting hours from 7:00 AM to 8:30 PM, some store hours may vary by location. Get all the details here.

6. Whole Foods

All stores in the U.S. and Canada will reserve one hour of shopping for customers 60 and older before opening to the general public. Check your local store hours here. Stores will also close up two hours early to refill shelves, sanitize, and prepare for the next day. During this time, some stores will remain open for pickup.

Other changes include the temporary closure of hot bars, salad bars, soup bars, and self-serve pizza, antipasti, olive bars, acai machines. and poke bowls. Seated restaurants, venues, taprooms, and cafés will also closed for in-store dining.

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