Our dependence on food—the need to feed ourselves every day—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.
As of May 4, most Costco locations are returning to normal hours. However, there is a priority shopping window of one hour in the morning from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Monday through Friday for members ages 60 and older, and people with disabilities. (A few locations have a slightly different window of priority shopping hours). Only members who meet these criteria will be able to shop during these hours, and the pharmacy will be open, but the Costco Food Court will be closed during these hours. Costco is also giving priority shopping to first responders and healthcare workers. Those members with identification stating such jobs, will be allowed to move to the front of any line to enter the warehouse.
Find a Costco warehouse near you to verify the regular opening and closing times. In addition, as of May 4, all customers (as well as employees) are required to wear a face mask or covering of their mouth and nose.
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.
In addition, ALDI has added one-way isle to minimize crowding, as well as implementing two efforts to protect customers and employees: a requirement that employees wear masks, as well as temperature checks of employees.
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. It is also offering same-day grocery delivery through online shopping for Seniors 60 plus.
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. It has also implemented a comprehensive strategy to help keep customers and employees safe, with such precautions as plexiglass barriers in check-out lanes and pharmacy, as well as masks for all employees.
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. Stores have also implemented social distancing practices and store cleaning.
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. Certain TJ locations are also being shut down for 24 hour periods, or longer, depending on the circumstances of potential links to COVID-19 and extra deep cleaning measures needing to be taken.
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. Additionally, from March 24 through the end of May, Walmart stores will host a senior shopping hour every Tuesday for customers age 60 and older who may be more vulnerable. This will start one hour before the store opens. 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. In addition, Whole Foods has announced that all customers must wear a face mask while in side the store, and will be providing masks for those who do not have one upon arrival.
This list will be updated as new information becomes available. Last updated Wednesday, May 6, 2020.