THIS POST WAS UPDATED
March 30, 2020. This list was accurate at the time of posting but may change as situations in our community develop. If you have any changes or additions, please contact email@example.com at Franklin & Kyle Elder Law, LLC.
**Many stores recommended to try to shop after the first few days of the month when more people stock up after being paid.
***Note that many stores are no longer allowing you to bring in reusable shopping bags.
Aldi—1 hour before opening to the public, Tuesdays and Thursdays (store hours vary by location) Seniors, pregnant women, customers with compromised immune systems
Big Lots— First hour of each day for senior citizens and “those most vulnerable to this virus”
Butler and Bailey—Tuesday and Saturday mornings from 8am until 9am are reserved for the elderly and high risk to shop.
Costco— Tuesdays and Thursdays, members 60 and older can shop from 8 to 9 a.m. at all locations except Business Centers.
Dollar General— First hour of each day for seniors
Food City—Daily 7am-8am
Fresh Market—First hour stores open, from 8 to 9 a.m., for “seniors and those most at risk” Mon-Fri
Ingles—7am-8am Tuesday and Wednesday for seniors, first responders and those with compromised immune systems.
Kroger—Exclusive Shopping for Seniors 60 & Older: 7am – 8am, Monday – Thursday
UGO—Open 9am-7pm daily except for Sundays when they are open from 12pm-6pm. Locally not offering a senior shopping hour but recommended to shop during morning hours when less busy.
Publix—Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 7 to 8 a.m. for seniors 65+. Pharmacies also open at 7am during that time for seniors.
Pratt’s Country Store—While not offering a senior shopping hour, they are offering a curbside drop off. Order on the phone and pay by card then or when you arrive to pick up.
Sam’s—Sam’s Club stores are open two hours early (7 am-9am) every Tuesday and Thursday strictly for members who are seniors or have disabilities or compromised immune systems. Qualifying members have the choice to go shopping inside stores during these special hours, or to place orders from their cars in a designated parking location outside the store and have their goods picked out by a Sam’s Club worker.
Save-a-Lot—8am-9am (first hour of opening) for seniors
Target—First hour open each Tuesday and Wednesday for “vulnerable guests”
The Village Mercantile—Open 10am-5pm, while they said they do not have set senior hours, they recommend shopping before noon when there is less of a crowd.
Three Rivers Market—No senior set hours but they recommend that seniors come in from 8am-9am when the store is less crowded.
Trader Joe’s— First hour of daily shopping will be reserved for senior customers, from 9 to 10 a.m. The company didn’t specify the age range of seniors, which is generally considered to be 65 and older, but it varies by company.
Walgreens—Tuesday weekly senior hour from 8 to 9 a.m., open to caregivers and immediate families, as well.
Walmart— March 24- April 28, Tuesday for customers 60+ are invited to shop one hour prior to store opening.
Whole Foods—Customers 60+ are invited to shop one hour prior to store opening.
Some of the senior shopping hour time information was from the following sources:
Tyko, K. (2020, March 24). Stores offer shopping time for vulnerable customers amid coronavirus: Walmart, Target, Costco and more. Retrieved March 24, 2020, from https://www.knoxnews.com/story/money/2020/03/17/coronavirus-shopping-stores-introduce-time-for-vulnerable-elderly-pregnant/5074064002/?fbclid=IwAR0TuB9EMx-3KQIm04sMjoWy1MM_C6xylBCrsaaydUa94pVglFopAjRkuHk
Complete List of Grocery Stores with Senior Shopping Hours. (n.d.). Retrieved March 24, 2020, from https://thekrazycouponlady.com/tips/store-hacks/grocery-stores-senior-shopping-hours