Stores Offer Senior Shopping Hours | Designated Time for At-Risk Groups

Special hours are for senior citizens and at risk groups, including pregnant women and individuals with compromised immune systems being advised to stay home as much as they can in wake of the coronavirus outbreak

FILE PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | News | A line queues up at the local Pavilions in March of last year, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and new safety measures

Many retailers, including food chains in and around South Pasadena, are setting aside time for older adult customers to come into their stores.

Recognizing that the elderly and persons with underlying health conditions are more susceptible to novel coronavirus, a large number of businesses, especially markets, have designated hours for senior citizen shoppers and those in at-risk groups.

Store owners acknowledge that panic shopping, leaving shelves empty, have made it difficult for seniors to pick up the essentials and necessary supplies.

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The following are designated store hours for seniors wishing to shop at supermarkets either in or near South Pasadena:

Bristol Farms: The store is open from 6 to 7 a.m. for senior shopping. The regular store hours are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Vons/Pavilions: Owned by Albertsons Companies, in a statement, it said that “at a minimum, the company will reserve every Tuesday and Thursday from 7 to 9 a.m.” as dedicated shopping times for seniors as well as “at-risk populations, such as pregnant women or those with compromised immune systems.” It is recommended to call before going to the local Vons and Pavilions as times may vary by location.

Big Lots: The store, which recently moved from South Pasadena to Alhambra, announced in a statement that “all of our stores are reserving the first hour of each day for our senior citizens and those most vulnerable to this virus.” The store is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Costco: The store will be open for seniors 60 and older every Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. starting March 24.

Ralphs: Ralphs is reserving the first half-hour of shopping, from 7-7:30 a.m. for customers ages 65 and over.

Target: The nearest Target store to South Pasadena is in Alhambra. Every Wednesday, the first hour of the store’s opening will be dedicated to the elderly. The store is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. No age requirement is mentioned.

Trader Joe’s: Reserves the first hour of daily shopping to senior customers, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The age range has not been specified, however seniors are generally considered to be 65 years old and older.