Seniors-only hours added at major retailers

Published 10:52 am Monday, March 30, 2020

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A number of major retailers, including Food Lion, Dollar General and Walmart, have announced shopping hours specifically reserved for senior citizens. Many pharmacies are also offering 90-day refills on certain medications.


Food Lion has also announced changes to its operations to help protect seniors. Starting Monday, the grocery chain announced that it would set aside its first hour of business on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 7 to 8 a.m., for customers who are age 60 or older or who are immunocompromised.

“We are committed to serving our communities during this unprecedented time and ask that everyone please respect these designated shopping windows for their neighbors,“ read a statement from the company.


With reduced hours to allow for employees to clean and restock shelves, Walmart is open from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily. The company also announced special senior shopping hours from 6 to 7 a.m., every Tuesday through April 28.

Pharmacies and vision centers will be open during that time as well, and the Washington Walmart is also offering no-contact curbside pickup and mail delivery on some pharmaceuticals.


As of March 17, Dollar General began strongly encouraging that the first hour of operations each day be dedicated solely for the shopping needs of senior customers.

“In keeping with the company’s mission of serving others, Dollar General wants to provide these at-risk customers with the ability to purchase the items they need and want at the beginning of each day to avoid busier and more crowded shopping periods,” a statement from the company read. “Other customers are encouraged to plan their shopping trips around this window of time to allow the most susceptible customers in our communities the ability to shop during the first hour that stores are open.”


According to the Walgreens website, most stores are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., with special senior hours every Tuesday from 8 to 9 a.m. Other options include free prescription delivery, free shipping on household essentials and drive-thru shopping for prescriptions and some household items.


For those who fill their prescriptions at CVS, the company is offering free home delivery of medications. In some cases, CVS is also offering 90-day refills of prescriptions on certain medications.