EUGENE, Ore. - Grocers and other major retailers are adopting a "senior only" strategy to create windows of opportunity for senior citizens and other vulnerable citizens to shop while the general public is not present.
The move comes out of concern for those most at-risk for coronavirus COVID-19.
Eugene-based Market of Choice will offer senior shopping from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m on Tuesdays and Fridays.
The grocer has also modified regular store hours to 8 a.m to 9 p.m. daily.
Boise-based Albertsons says its over 2,200 Albertsons and Safeway stores nationwide will offer senior shopping on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Retailer Dollar General was one of the first to adopt a senior shopping policy. The chain has asked its network of stores to reserve the first hour of operation each day for seniors and vulnerable shoppers.
Target said its stores will reserve the first hour of operations each Wednesday for the elderly and people with underlying health conditions. Opening times may vary by location, but all Targets will close by 9 p.m. daily.
Whole Foods stores in the U.S. and Canada will serve adults ages 60 and older for one hour before opening stores to the general public. The times will vary depending on location.
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