UPDATED – Supermarkets, retailers respond to plea to open early for seniors


Region – As has been well documented, the elderly and those with underlying health conditions are the one who most apt to be affected adversely by COVID-19. After a plea on social media from so many, several grocery stores and big box retailers have set certain hours for those customers to shop.

Store policies, such as the limiting of certain items may still apply. Many stores have also reduced their hours of operation to allow for cleaning and restocking.

This list will be updated as information comes in.

 As of March 26:   

 Market Basket: Beginning Thursday, March 19, stores open only to those 60 and over from 5:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Stop & Shop: Beginning Thursday, March 19, stores open daily only to those 60 and over from 6:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.

Target:  Every day from 8-9 a.m. will be reserved for “elderly and those with underlying health concerns.”

Whole Foods:  Beginning Wednesday,  March 18, customers who are 60 and older may shop one hour before store opens to the general public.