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All the major grocery stores have now designated senior-only shopping times during the coronavirus

Publix, Walmart and Southeastern Grocers just announced they will open early for older and high-risk customers.
Ms. Betty Brown leaves a Walmart in St. Petersburg with her groceries in 2019.
Ms. Betty Brown leaves a Walmart in St. Petersburg with her groceries in 2019. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times (2019) ]
Published Mar. 19, 2020
Updated Mar. 23, 2020

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More major grocery store chains have updated their hours to support customers most vulnerable to the coronavirus.

Publix, Walmart and Southeastern Grocers (the parent company of Fresco y Mas and Winn-Dixie) are now offering senior-only shopping times.

Target and the Fresh Market announced senior-only hours this week, too, and many smaller grocery stores have also made the change.

Related: Tampa Bay grocery stores sprint to keep up with high demand amid coronavirus pandemic

Here’s the breakdown by grocer:

  • Fresco y Mas and Winn-Dixie: The stores now welcome seniors and high-risk customers from 8 to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday. Pharmacies are also open.
  • Publix: Starting March 24, those 65 and older shop from 7 to 8 a.m. each Tuesday and Wednesday until further notice. Pharmacies will also be open.
  • Walmart: The stores will invite guests 60 and older from 6 to 7 a.m. Tuesdays beginning March 24 through April 28. Pharmacies and vision centers will also be open.
  • Whole Foods Market: Customers 60 and older can now knock out their shopping lists from 7 to 8 a.m. daily until further notice.
Related: Coronavirus: Target, Fresh Market add senior shopping hour, Publix reduces hours further

Seniors and people with underlying health concerns can stop by the Fresh Market from 8 to 9 a.m. every week day, while Target invites the elderly to peruse its stores during the first hour they’re open each Wednesday.

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