LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – With staples such as toilet paper and milk flying off shelves due to panic buying amid coronavirus fears, several major grocery store chains across the region have been reserving shopping time for seniors to ensure they can get the items they need.

Here is a list:

  • Ralphs offering dedicated shopping for senior citizens age 65 and older from 7-7:30 a.m. daily beginning March 20.
  • Target is reserving the first shopping hour of every Wednesday to the elderly and those with underlying health concerns.
  • Vons, Albertsons and Pavilions will reserve every Tuesday and Thursday from 7 to 9 a.m. For senior citizens, pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems.
  • Whole Foods will open all their stores to customers who are 60 and older one hour before opening to the general public.
  • Northgate Market: All 41 Northgate Market locations are reserving the first hour just for seniors and disabled customers.
  • Vallarta Supermarkets will be open 7-8am for those 65 and older, pregnant women and those with disabilities.
  • Super A Foods is reserving shopping from 7-8 a.m. for those 65 and older.
  • Smart & Final will open from 7:30-8 a.m. for customers 65 and older and those with disabilities.
  • Stater Bros. Markets: All 169 locations will open at 7:45 a.m. for seniors over 65 years old.
  • Big Saver Foods will open from 7:30-8 a.m. for seniors over age 65.
  • Walmart will give seniors 60 and older an hour of shopping before stores open every Tuesday. Walmart pharmacies and Vision Centers will also be open at this time.
  • Winco at 12880 Day St. in Moreno Valley will be offering reserved shopping from 6:30-7 a.m.
  • Costco at 12700 Day St. in Moreno Valley will have no waiting for disabled shoppers.
  • Cardenas Markets at 25065 Sunnymead Blvd. and 14930 Perris Blvd. in Moreno Valley will off reserved shopping for seniors, disabled, caregivers and first responders from 7 to 8 a.m.
  • Glendale firefighters will begin delivering groceries to senior citizens amid the coronavirus outbreak. Those who would like to use the service can call 818-548-4814.
Comments (12)
  1. Mary says:

    The stores need a study supply of toilet paper

  2. Gary Van Der Steur says:

    Gelson’s isn’t on the list, but I understand they, too, offer Senior hours.

  3. T. Barnes says:

    What about caretakers for the elderly? My mom is 89 years old, lives alone and doesn’t drive. Fortunately, I’m still employed and have to go to work. Is there a solution?

  4. Ms. Kay says:

    I waited in line 45 mins. before Ralph’s in Monterey Park opened on Tuesday morning, only to be told that the supply of meat ,eggs and dairy products had not been delivered and they had no idea when they would get them. The supply chain has been broken. Deliveries arenot being meet.

  5. Joy C says:

    did the Tuesday AM Target senior hours, very disappointed, shelves were still bare. Only able to get a few cans of soup. We were told shelves would be stocked and store clean. Store was clean, but not much else…

  6. Otto J. says:

    Unfortunately, the panic buying and hoarding is disrupting the supply chain. The supplies exist, but the recent events have thrown everything into disarray.

  7. jHODSON says:

    Stores should consider HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS also for this list, people on the front line, they are working tirelessly and at risk, to try to save people no matter if COVID or not. Then when they try to go to the store, they wait and waste valuable time shopping and waiting in lines.

  8. Muhlyssa says:

    It would be great if someone on staff would update this list.

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