With older people and those with underlying health conditions at particular risk for the novel coronavirus, several local and national stores in the Baltimore area are designating special shopping times during for only those specific groups.
Most of the dedicated hours are right after the retailers open, typically early in day, after their stores have been cleaned overnight.
Here is a sampling of local and national stores in the Baltimore area with senior-specific hours:
Giant Food Stores: Giant locations will be open only for customers 60 and older and those with compromised immune systems from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. daily, beginning Friday.
Safeway: Safeway, like other Albertsons Company stores, will reserve its stores for vulnerable shoppers from 7-9 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. Safeway has four locations in the Baltimore area.
Whole Foods Market: All Whole Foods nationwide will open for customers 60 and older one hours before opening to the general public. There are 10 Whole Foods in Maryland, including two in Baltimore, one in Columbus and one in Annapolis. All of those locations are designated for seniors from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. before opening to the public.
Target: The retailer with 20 Baltimore-area locations announced that its first hour each Wednesday (from 8 a,m, to 9 a.m. at most locations) will be reserved for the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.
Martin’s: Beginning Thursday, all of the grocer’s locations will be open only for customers aged 60 or older from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. daily. Martin’s has eight locations in Maryland.
Dollar General: As of Tuesday, Dollar General’s first hour each day will be solely for senior customers. Dollar General has nearly 30 locations within 10 miles of downtown Baltimore and almost 40 within 20 miles, with the majority opening at 8 a.m.
Boarman’s Old Fashioned Meat Market: The Highland market designated its first two open hours, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., for customers 65 and older both Tuesday and Wednesday after having designated 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for older customers Monday. Boarman’s will be closed Thursday to restock and has yet to announce its designated hours for Friday.
The Fresh Market: From 8-9 a.m. Monday through Friday, The Fresh Market will be open exclusively to at-risk costumers. The store has four Maryland locations, one each in Baltimore, Towson, Annapolis and Rockville.
Roots Market: The market’s Clarksville and Olney locations will open an hour early Wednesdays (7-8 a.m.) and stay open an hour later Sundays (8-9 p.m.) for those who are 60 and older or immunocompromised.
If you know of a business with designated hours for at-risk groups, reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.