Senior Hours at Walmart, Kroger, Publix, Target and Other Retailers

See special store hours for seniors and other at-risk shoppers.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way grocers operate, as consumers scramble to stock up on essentials such as toilet paper and eggs. The resulting shortages have forced grocery retailers to announce hiring sprees and adjust hours in an attempt to keep shelves from emptying at a faster pace. However, this has sometimes left certain groups in society unable to obtain certain necessities.

In an attempt to help the vulnerable during this time, many grocers have adopted “senior hours.” During these designated times, senior shoppers  and other vulnerable groups will be able to purchase goods before the store opens to the general public.

Grocery Stores and Retail Chains Offering Senior Hours

The following grocery and retail chains are on record as offering senior hours:

99 Ranch Market

Locations: California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Texas, Washington
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location; call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: 8-9 a.m. (Northern California, Oregon, Washington only)
Who Can Shop: Age 60+, expectant mothers, disabled persons, shoppers with compromised immune systems

Acme Markets

Locations: Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: Monday – Friday, 7-9 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Seniors, vulnerable shoppers

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AJ’s Fine Foods

Locations: Phoenix area
Hours of Operation: 6 a.m to 9 p.m. daily
Senior Hours: Wednesday, 5-6 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Age 65+

Albertsons

Locations: 35 states and Washington, D.C.
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 7-9 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Senior citizens, expectant mothers, shoppers with compromised immune systems and other vulnerable shoppers

Albertsons’ Subsidiaries: Haggen, Jewel Osco, Lucky, Pavilions, Randalls, Safeway, Shaw’s, Star Market, Tom Thumb, Vons

Locations: Nationwide
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 7-9 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Senior citizens, expectant mothers, shoppers with compromised immune systems and vulnerable shoppers

Aldi

Locations: 36 states
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Senior citizens, expectant mothers, shoppers with underlying health concerns

Andronico’s Community Markets

Locations: San Francisco Bay Area
Hours of Operation: 7 a.m to 9 p.m. daily
Senior Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 7-9 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Senior citizens, at-risk members of the community

Balducci’s

Locations: Baltimore, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. metro areas
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location
Senior Hours: First hour of service
Who Can Shop: Senior citizens, immunocompromised guests

Basha’s

Locations: Phoenix Area
Hours of Operation: 6 a.m – 9 p.m. daily
Senior Hours: Wednesday, 5-6 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Age 65+

BI-LO

Locations: Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina
Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m to 8:00 p.m, but call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: Monday – Friday, 8-9 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Senior citizens, at-risk shoppers

Big Lots

Locations: 47 states
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: First hour of operation
Who Can Shop: Senior citizens, vulnerable citizens

Big Y

Locations: Connecticut, Massachusetts
Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m to 8:00 p.m
Senior Hours: 7- a.m.
Who Can Shop: Age 60+, immunocompromised

BJ’s Wholesale

Locations: East Coast, Ohio, Michigan
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: 8-9 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Age 60+

Boyer’s Markets

Locations: Eastern Pennsylvania
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: 7-9 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Age 62+

Brookshire’s (includes FRESH by Brookshire’s, Super 1 Foods, Spring Market)

Locations: Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: First hour of operation
Who Can Shop: Senior citizens, vulnerable citizens

City Market

Locations: Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 7-8 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Age 60+, higher-risk customers

Community Markets

Locations: Eastern Indiana, Ohio
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: Open to 8 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Most vulnerable citizens

Copps

Locations: Wisconsin
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: 6-8 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Age 60+

Costco

Locations: Nationwide
Hours of Operation: U.S. Costco warehouses will close at 6:30 p.m Monday through Friday, call ahead for specific store details [12]
Senior Hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 8-9 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Age 60+

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DeCicco & Sons

Locations: Southeastern New York
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: 8-9 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Senior citizens, immunocompromised families

Dillons

Locations: Kansas
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: Monday to Thursday, 7-8 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Age 60+

Dollar General

Locations: 44 states
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, but stores plan to close one hour earlier than usual to allow time for cleaning and restocking
Senior Hours: First hour of operation
Who Can Shop: Senior citizens

Elgin Fresh Markets

Locations: Illinois
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: 8-9 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Age 65+, disabled

Fareway Stores

Locations: Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: 8-9 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Age 65+, expectant mothers, high-risk customers

Fiesta Mart

Locations: Texas metro areas of Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: 7-8 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Age 65+

Food 4 Less

Locations: California, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 7-7:30 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Age 60+

Food City

Locations: Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: 7-8 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Age 65+, at-risk customers

FoodMaxx

Locations: California, Nevada
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 6-9 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Senior citizens, guests with compromised health

Foods Co.

Locations: California
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 7 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Age 60+

Fred Meyer

Locations: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: Monday to Thursday, 7-8 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Age 60+

Fresco y Más

Locations: Florida
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: Monday to Friday, 8-9 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Senior citizens, at-risk citizens

The Fresh Market

Locations: 22 states
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: 8-9 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Senior citizens, individuals at risk

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Fry’s Food Stores

Locations: Arizona
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: Monday to Thursday, 6-7 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Age 60+

Gelson’s

Locations: Southern California
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: 7-8 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Age 65+

Gerbes

Locations: Missouri
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: Monday to Thursday, 7-8 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Age 60+

Giant Food Stores

Locations: Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, D.C.
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: 6-7 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Age 60+, immunocompromised individuals

Hannaford Supermarkets

Locations: New England, New York
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 6-7 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Age 60+, individuals defined as high risk by the CDC

Harris Teeter

Locations: Seven Southeastern States; Washington, D.C.
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: Monday and Thursday, 6-8 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Age 60+

Harveys Supermarket

Locations: Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: Monday to Friday, 8-9 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Senior citizens, at-risk individuals

Hy-Vee

Locations: Eight Midwestern states
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: 7-8 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Age 60+, expectant mothers, shoppers with an underlying health condition

Ingles

Locations: Southeastern U.S.
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday, 7-8 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Senior citizens, immunocompromised

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Jay-C Food Stores

Locations: Southern Indiana
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: Monday to Thursday, 7-8 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Age 60+

King Soopers

Locations: Colorado
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 7-8 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Age 60+

Kroger

Locations: 35 states
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: Varies by store
Who Can Shop: Age 60+

Mariano’s

Locations: Chicago metro area
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: 6-8 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Age 60+

Market Basket

Locations: Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: 6-7 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Age 60+

Meijer

Locations: Midwestern states
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 7-8 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Senior citizens, shoppers with chronic health conditions

Metro Market

Locations: Wisconsin
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: 6-8 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Age 60+

Mother’s Market

Locations: Los Angeles metro area
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: Wednesday, 6-7 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Senior citizens, immunocompromised, disabled

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Northgate González Market

Locations: Southern California
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: 7-8 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Senior citizens, disabled

Ollie’s Bargain Outlet

Locations: 25 states
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: Monday to Saturday, 9-10 a.m.; Sunday, 10-11 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Senior citizens, immunocompromised

Owen’s Market

Locations: Northern Indiana
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: Monday to Thursday, 7-8 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Age 60+

Pay Less Super Markets

Locations: Indiana
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: Monday to Thursday, 7-8 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Age 60+

PCC Community Markets

Locations: Seattle Area
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: 7-8 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Age 60+, expectant mothers, people in high-risk groups

Pick ‘N Save

Locations: Wisconsin
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: 6-8 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Age 60+

Price Chopper (also Market 32, Market Bistro)

Locations: Northeastern U.S.
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: 6-7 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Senior citizens, immunocompromised

Publix

Locations: Southeastern U.S.
Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m – 8:00 p.m
Senior Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday, 7-8 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Age 65+

QFC

Locations: Western Washington; Portland, Oregon metro area
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: Monday to Thursday, 7-8 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Age 60+

Quality Foods

Locations: Georgia, South Carolina
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: 7-8 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Senior citizens, immunocompromised

Ralphs

Locations: Southern California
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: 6-7:30 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Age 60+

Rite Aid

Locations: 19 states
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: 9- 10 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Age 65+, immunocompromised

Roses Discount Stores

Locations: Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwestern states
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: First hour of operation
Who Can Shop: Senior citizens, at-risk customers

Sam’s Club

Locations: Nationwide
Hours of Operation: 9:00 a.m to 8:00 p.m, Monday through Saturday. 10:00 a.m -to 6:00 p.m Sundays
Senior Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 7-9 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Senior citizens, vulnerable shoppers

Save Mart

Locations: Central California
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 6-9 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Senior citizens, vulnerable shoppers

Schnucks

Locations: Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: 6-7 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Age 60+, at-risk individuals

Sedano’s Supermarkets

Locations: Southeast Florida
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: 7-8 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Senior citizens, at-risk individuals

ShopRite

Locations: New Jersey, New York
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: Varies by store
Who Can Shop: Elderly, at-risk individuals

Smart & Final

Locations: Arizona, California, Nevada
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: 7:30-8 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Senior citizens, expectant mothers, disabled

Smith’s Food and Drug

Locations: Southwestern, Northwestern states
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 7-8 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Age 60+

Stater Bros.

Locations: Southern California
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: 7-8 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Age 65+

Stop & Shop

Locations: Northeastern states
Hours of Operation: Most stores have adjusted hours to 7:30 a.m to 8:00 p.m, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: 6-7:30 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Age 60+, immunocompromised

Sunset Foods

Locations: Chicago metro area
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: 7-8 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Elderly, immunocompromised

Super A Foods

Locations: Los Angeles area
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: 7-8 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Age 65+

Target

Locations: Nationwide
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location but all Target locations will close at 9:00 p.m at the latest
Senior Hours: Wednesday, first hour of operation
Who Can Shop: Elderly, shoppers with underlying health issues

Trader Joe’s

Locations: 42 states; Washington, D.C.
Hours of Operation: All Trader Joe’s locations will close at 7:00 p.m, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: First hour of operation
Who Can Shop: Age 60+ disabled

Trucchi’s Supermarkets

Locations: Massachusetts
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 6-7 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Senior citizens

United Supermarkets (includes Amigos United, Market Street)

Locations: New Mexico, Texas
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: Monday and Thursday, Open to 9 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Age 60+, immunocompromised

Vallarta Supermarkets

Locations: Southern California
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: 7-8 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Age 65+, expectant mothers, disabled

Walmart

Locations: Nationwide
Hours of Operation: 7:00 a.m – 8:30 p.m daily, call ahead for specific store details [x]
Senior Hours: Tuesday, 6-7 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Age 60+, vulnerable

Walgreens

Locations: Nationwide
Hours of Operation: Most locations, including 24-hour stores, will be open 9 a.m. – 9 p.m [x] but may vary based on the location.
Senior Hours: Tuesday, 8-9 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Senior citizens

Whole Foods

Locations: Nationwide
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: 7-8 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Age 60+

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WinCo Foods

Locations: Western states, Texas, Oklahoma
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 6-7:30 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Senior citizens, vulnerable, WinCo employees

Winn-Dixie

Locations: Southeastern states
Hours of Operation: Dependent on store location, call ahead for specific store details
Senior Hours: Monday to Friday, 8-9 a.m.
Who Can Shop: Senior citizens, at-risk individuals

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Information is accurate as of March 31, 2020. Hours and policies are subject to change without notice.

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