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As the Philadelphia region continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic, some retailers are changing how they do business to help protect customers who are particularly vulnerable.
Older people, individuals with underlying health conditions, and pregnant women are among the most at-risk for developing severe cases of COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, they still need supplies like food and medicine.
So, retailers from grocery stores and pharmacies to big-box stores and wholesale clubs are setting aside hours specifically for seniors, people with compromised immune systems, and similar groups. Here’s a roundup of Philly-area shops doing this.
We will update this list as more stores announce exclusive hours. See one we are missing? Let us know.
Acme: Acme is reserving 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. every weekday for people ages 60 and older, as well as customers with compromised immune systems. Find a local market at local.acmemarkets.com.
Fresh Market: The Fresh Market is open to seniors and “other individuals most at risk” from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. weekdays, the company said in a Facebook posting. Find a store near you at https://www.thefreshmarket.com/your-market/store-locator.
Giant: Giant Food Stores has designated 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. daily for customers 60 and older, as well as those who are immunocompromised. The company has since announced that in-store pharmacies will open at 6 a.m. for those customers. Find your local store at giantfood.com/store-locator.
Walgreens: Customers ages 55 and older can shop at Walgreens locations from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. every Tuesday until further notice, the company indicates online. Additionally, Walgreens is offering free shipping for seniors, as well as expanded drive-through services. Find a location near you at https://www.walgreens.com/storelocator/find.jsp.