Supermarkets Offer Special Hours For Older Shoppers

With many people over age 60 being identified as being at serious risk from the novel coronavirus, large supermarket chains Whole Foods and Shaw’s are recognizing a need for hours designated to those shoppers.

Whole Foods Markets, which has locations in Hyannis and  on the Shore Shore, has adjusted its hours for all its stores in the U.S. and Canada, opening at 8 a.m. for customers age 70 and older, an hour before the stores are open to the general public.

In addition, Whole Foods Market stores will close up to two hours early to give their Team Members more time to restock shelves, sanitize stores and rest in preparation for the next day. During this time, stores will remain open for pickup (in stores that offer it), and “Whole Foods will continue to fulfill Prime delivery orders in an effort to meet unprecedented demand and ensure that people who need to remain at home can still get their groceries in a timely manner.”


Shaw’s has reserved special times for seniors and other vulnerable shoppers who must leave home to obtain their groceries, unless otherwise locally mandated. Customers are asked to avoid shopping on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 9 a.m. so that the stores can be available for them.

Shaw’s also offers grocery and pharmacy delivery and Drive Up & Go services.

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All Stop & Shop stores will serve ages 60 and over as well as customers with weakened immune systems from 6 to 7:30 a.m. daily.

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