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LIST: Stores designate shopping times for seniors, vulnerable during COVID-19 outbreak

Major retailers like Target, Safeway and Walmart are dedicating time for older or more vulnerable customers to shop during the coronavirus outbreak.

Some retailers are offering time for the most vulnerable customers during the coronavirus outbreak in the United States to shop around without the crowds.

Officials have said older adults and people with pre-existing health conditions are more susceptible to the new coronavirus, so several stores are dedicating time or opening earlier specifically for those customers.

Here's a full list of major retailers helping the elderly and vulnerable:

Albertsons: The company, which owns more than 2,200 stores nationwide like Acme, Vons, and Safeway has announced it will reserve time every Tuesday and Thursday from 7 to 9 a.m. for certain customers. Click here for a list of stores

Big Lots: Stores will be reserving the first hour of each day for senior citizens and those vulnerable victims. CEO Bruce Thorn announced this change "to protect our friends and family."

BI-LO: The southeast grocery store chain will designate 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., weekdays, as the shopping hour dedicated to seniors and high-risk customers.

BJ's Whole Sale Club: Beginning Sunday, March 22, all stores will have a designated shopping hour every day from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. for members 60 and over. The store will open at 9 a.m. for all other shoppers.

Costco Wholesale Club: The store announced starting March 24 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., Costco will temporarily implement special operating hours for members who are 60 and older. 

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Dollar General: The discount chain announced the first hour of business in its 16,000 stores in 44 states for older and vulnerable shoppers. The company also announced all stores will close one hour earlier to give employees a chance to clean and restock the shelves.

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Fresh Market: On weekdays the first shopping hour at Fresh Markets from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. will be reserved for seniors and other individuals most at risk (those with chronic health conditions such as heart disease or diabetes).

Giant: Starting Friday, March 20, Giant Food of Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia and Delaware will dedicate 6 to 7 a.m. every day of the week to senior citizens 60 years and older and individuals with compromised immune systems.

Publix: The company announced it's designating Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, 7 to 8 a.m., as senior shopping hours for customers age 65 and over. This change in hours will begin Tuesday, March 24, and continue until further notice. Publix Pharmacy will also open at 7 a.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 

Safeway: From 7 to 9 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday, the company is reserving time for vulnerable shoppers.

Target: The major retailer announced all stores will close by 9 p.m. daily, but the first hour of shopping each Wednesday will be reserved for vulnerable guests. The modified closing time will allow for employees to clean and restock the shelves.

Walmart: The company announced its stores will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8:30 p.m. each day. Stores that open later than 7 a.m. will continue their regular starting hours. Each Tuesday, an hour before stores open, customers aged 60 or older will be able to shop. It starts Tuesday, March 24, through April 28.

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Whole Foods Market: All Whole Foods Market stores in the U.S. and Canada will let customers who are 60 and older shop one hour before opening to the public.

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