DENVER (CBS4)– With coronavirus leaving many store shelves picked over before the day is over, some are offering early hours in the day for those most vulnerable during the pandemic.
Stores like King Soopers, Target and Safeway will reserve special hours during the week for older adults or those with underlying health conditions.
At Safeway stores starting March 19, the hours between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday will be reserved for those over the age of 60.
For Target locations in Colorado and nationwide, the first hour of shopping each Wednesday, starting March 18, for the foreseeable future, will be reserved for older adults or those with underlying health conditions.
At Whole Foods locations in the U.S. and Canada starting Wednesday, March 18, customers who are age 60 and older will be served one hour before the stores open to the general public.
At King Soopers, from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays will be reserved for older Coloradans.
Many stores are also adjusting their hours to allow staff more time to clean, disinfect, and restock the shelves.
— King Soopers will be closing at 8:00 p.m. daily
— Target will close at 9:00 p.m. daily
— Whole Foods Stores will close at 8:00 p.m. daily
— Home Depot will close at 6:00 p.m. daily
King Soopers sent this statement: We appreciate the concern and care our customers are expressing for senior shoppers and more vulnerable customers. All customers deserve to have access to affordable, fresh food and essentials. One of our family of stores operating divisions is testing special hours for senior citizen shoppers. We have also been inspired to see local communities working together to shop on behalf of seniors and other at-risk customers. We are asking our customers to be patient, to be kind to one another and our associates, and to shop responsibly and purchase what you need, knowing that we will continue to replenish stores daily with the supplies and products our customers need most. In every decision we make we are striving to balance the safety of our associates with our commitments to our customers and communities.