Stuck at Home Guide: Shop Safely for Groceries

Stores around the country are opening their doors early for older adults. If you find yourself needing to venture out, here are a few of the major chains that have made accommodations. Keep reading for some online grocery-delivery options you can try without leaving your home.


  • 8 – 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays for people 60 years and older.
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  • Exclusive hour of shopping for people 60 and older at select stores.
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  • 7 – 8 a.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for people 65 and older.
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Stop & Shop

  • 6 – 7:30 a.m. every day for people 60 and older.
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  • First hour of shopping every Wednesday for people 65 and older.
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Trader Joe’s

  • From 9 – 10 a.m., Crew Members will maintain an additional line outside the front door for older adult customers.
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  • 8 – 9:00 a.m. every Tuesday for people 55 and older.
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  • Every Tuesday through April 28, stores will open for people 60 and older one hour before opening to the general public.
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Whole Foods

  • Stores will open for people 60 and older one hour before opening to the general public.
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Don’t see your local spot? Check out this list from USA Today, or search for your store’s website for more information.


Grocery Delivery

If you don’t feel comfortable going out to the store, a grocery delivery service is a great alternative. Check out these popular options:


How are you shopping safely? Share your own helpful tips in the comments!


9 responses to “Stuck at Home Guide: Shop Safely for Groceries

  1. The Costco I shop at has been fantastic. They spray the cart before going into the store. They crowd control the number inside and allow access when someone leaves. Staff wear gloves, and spray handles of refrigeration section, and the spray the conveyor belts, after each customer. It is a new way for all of us. Biggest problem, increase number of shoppers. We arrived at 7:45 and didn’t have to wait. When we left, the line outside went alongside the building, and snaked back on itself.

  2. I’ve heard from friends around the Denver metro area that senior hours vary greatly. Some are so packed, people can’t move; and senior customers are choosing NOT to go during these times. As for me, my store’s great and I go frequently. Have become nodding acquaintances with more neighbors as well as store staff. I wrote a blog about my love affair with my store: “Grocery Stores as Social Centers”

  3. We are an awesome people. In times of crisis, we have joined together. “United we stand; divided we fall.” The virus has united us, not divided us, despite our keeping physical distance. But this has not affected our spirit which has no bounds. Spanning time and space, people all over the world are reaching out in multitudinous ways to neighbors, near and far, offering friendship and hope. In Italy people are chatting across balconies, showing movies on the sides of their buildings. One man saw a woman dancing on a roof top across the way. They now have a “quarantine romance” via cell phones and dates from their own outside balcony or roof top. Dutch musicians orchestrated an online program of Beethoven’s Symphony #9 by combining their talents from the safety of their own homes and put on You Tube with the message, “From Us, For You”. These are just a few, very few, things that are going on now in the midst of this crisis. Love is a powerful motivator and healer of its own and is also sweeping the planet. Let us embrace these moments of NOW. By doing so, we will be in the kNOW. Sending love….

  4. Brooklyn Fare, on Greenwich St. right below Christoper St. has senior hours every day from 7-8 am. Dag’s, on Bethune & Greenwich Streets, also has them from 7-8 but I’m not sure if it is every day or just certain ones.

  5. The Chelsea Trader Joe’s is maintaining very different hours: they are opening 8-9 a.m. for seniors and “vulnerable adults”.
    This branch was closed half of last week due to the illness of a staffer.
    I complained to Trader Joe’s about overcrowding and lack of special provisions for seniors at the beginning of the current health emergency, about two weeks ago. The Chelsea branch said “we are following corporate policy, which does not call for special hours”. When I got in touch with Trader Joes’ corporate office, I received only massive snark.
    I reported the chain to City government here in New York, and soon noticed police stationed in front. This, plus grocery staffs getting sick, is what may have to happen to get them to do the right thing.

    1. whether motivated by your trader joe’s comments, or others, kips bay tj’s opens an hour early, at 8:00 a.m., for seniors’ shopping. there’s an outside line for seniors; the store limits the number of shoppers entering. i went yesterday, steeling myself for skirmishes, but shoppers & workers alike were polite. the latter were scrubbing down shelves & stocking. few cashiers, but those there were quick. customers were reminded to stand 6′ from each other & employees. (there were taped demarcations on the floor to mark where 6′ from the cashiers were located.) all in all, a pleasant, brief excursion.

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