Our dependence on food—the need to feed ourselves everyday—is one thing that will never change, no matter the circumstance. But COVID-19 has shifted day to day life as we know it for the foreseeable future. With more and more cities imposing bans on public gatherings, limiting restaurants and non-essential businesses from operating, and even imposing curfews, we're beginning to adjust to the new normal: plenty of time at home.
This has shifted the bulk of the burden to grocery stores for supplying Americans with the next meal. However, concerns for the health of employees, along with a growing need to comply with and encourage quarantining of the general public, means reduced or modified hours for some of the largest grocery retail chains.
Below is a list of the current modifications in schedules to major retailers across the country. Also, as of early April, some stores are beginning to implement one-way grocery isles as well as limiting the number of customers inside at a time-- so be prepared for a line outside before even stepping foot inside to shop.
ALDI will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. However, their press release noted that "some stores may have limited hours to accommodate restocking and cleaning," so check with your local outpost before heading out.
The Giant Company announced that store hours for its 24-hour locations will change their hours from 6 a.m until 10 p.m. Also, beginning Thursday, March 19, all GIANT stores will open to service only customers who are age 60 and over first from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. daily. Specific store locations operating under these modified hours can be found on the Giant website.
For those in Texas, this grocery store chain is changing its store hours to operate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Kroger is modifying its hours on a location-by-location basis, based on the circumstances in any given area. However, many stores will be operated on a limited schedule from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Publix has adjusted its hours across the company to open at 8 a.m. and a closing time of 8 p.m, applicable to both their markets and pharmacies. In addition, like many stores on this list, Publix also offers online shopping and curbside pick up for those who are looking to avoid larger crowds at this time.
All locations will be open between 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. until further notice.
Stop and Shop
The grocery chain is adjusting its hours company wide to 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m beginning on Monday, March 16 until further notice. Also, the store is opening early for vulnerable and older shoppers from 6:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Note that there will be some area exceptions, so it is advised that you contact your local store.
All Target stores have institute a closing time of no later than 9 p.m. In addition, due to the increased risk that seniors and other vulnerable populations face, the store has added a window of time-- the first hour of shopping every Wednesday-- for more vulnerable guests, including those over 65 years old, pregnant women or those defined by the CDC as vulnerable or at-risk. Check your local Target store locator for more information on hours.
All Trader Joe’s stores will be open from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. until further notice. In addition, every day between 9AM and 10AM, Crew Members will maintain an additional line outside the front door for our senior customers to give them a quicker entrance into the store.
As of March 15, Walmart announced that its stores and markets would be reducing store hours. Walmarts across the country will be open from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. In addition, as of early April, Walmart is also instituting new measures to ensure proper social distancing takes place in store. This includes the implementation of one-way isles, as well as limiting the number of people inside the store to 20% of normal capacity.
All Wegman's stores will be operating under modified hours, depending upon location.Their Brooklyn and New Jersey stores are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; with all other stores in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Massachusetts, Virginia, and North Carolina open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Whole Foods has modified store hours on a location-by-location basis. Find your local store hours here before heading out. Also, seniors age 60 and older are welcome to Whole Foods stores across the U.S. and Canada to start shopping one hour before any location's public opening time.
This list will be updated as new information becomes available. Last updated Tuesday, April 7, 2020.