SAN ANTONIO – Trader Joe’s is the latest grocer to add a senior shopping hour as store shelves continue to be wiped out due to fears over the novel coronavirus.
The national grocery chain announced the first hour of opening — 9-10 a.m. — will be dedicated to seniors, starting on Monday.
Senior customers will line up separately outside the front door.
“Over the past few weeks, we have heard from our senior customers about the need for assistance in the morning to get in and out of our stores quickly,” the grocer said in a news release.
The chain has two locations in San Antonio, at 403 N. Loop 1604 W. in Sonterra Village and at 350 E. Basse Road in the Quarry Village. Store hours for all customers are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Target, Whole Foods, Walmart and Dollar General have already dedicated early morning shopping hours for seniors.
Dedicated hours allow seniors to shop among smaller crowds to help reduce their chances of acquiring the virus and give them priority to buy in-demand products, according to the Associated Press.
COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new virus, stands for coronavirus disease 2019. The disease first appeared in late 2019 in Wuhan, China, but spread around the world in early 2020, causing the World Health Organization to declare a pandemic in March.
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