Utah Grocery Stores Offer Senior Shopping Hours

Mar 30, 2020, 11:42 AM | Updated: Mar 31, 2020, 7:53 pm
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(Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)
(Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Several grocery stores in Utah have begun senior shopping hours to help those most vulnerable to the novel coronavirus. It’s believed that most people who contract the virus would have only mild symptoms, but those over the age of 60 have been considered “high-risk” for suffering the most severe symptoms.

In an effort to keep the virus from spreading, stores that offer food and other essentials have altered their operating hours. This gives workers the chance to deep clean the store and return home to spend time with their own families.

Many stores have set aside time periods for those over the age of 60 and other immunocompromised individuals to shop when stores are less busy, and it’s easier to practice social distancing. The following is a list of some of the stores in Utah, and their senior shopping details.


At a minimum, the company will reserve every Tuesday and Thursday from 7 to 9 a.m. for those vulnerable shoppers who must leave home to obtain their groceries, unless otherwise locally mandated. Customers should check their store’s hours if they’re opening on a different schedule.

Big Lots

Big Lots has reserved the first hour of shopping each day to senior citizens and anyone who is at high risk or is immunocompromised.


On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, Costco warehouses will open from 8 to 9 a.m. for members ages 60 and older, and for those with physical impairments. During this early hour, the pharmacy will be open, but the Costco Food Court will not.

Dollar General

Dollar General locations nationwide have designated the first hour of shopping at each location as senior store hours.

Fresh Market

Fresh Market has 12 locations in Salt Lake, Utah, Davis, Weber and Summit Counties. They have designated Monday through Saturday, from 8-9 a.m. as senior shopping hours for all locations except Jeremy Ranch and Park City. For senior shopping hours according to location check here.

Harmons Grocery 

Harmons will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 7 to 8 a.m. exclusively to serve the elderly, disabled, and immunocompromised members of our community. In addition, Harmons pharmacies will be open on Wednesdays from 7 to 8 a.m. to assist them with any special needs they may have.

Kent Market

Kents Market has five locations in Box Elder, Davis and Weber Counties.


All Maceys locations will open for seniors, age 60 and up, one hour of shopping prior to the normal store hours.

Natural Grocers

Stores will open their doors on Sundays from 9 to 10 a.m., exclusively for seniors age 60 and older, pregnant women and people with underlying medical conditions.

Reams Food Stores

Store hours  have been changed to allow workers to clean the store and restock the shelves. The store will open to seniors (those over the age of 60) on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and hour before the stores open. 

Ridley’s Family Markets

Ridley’s Family Markets has designated 6-7 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays as their senior shopping hours. The hour is open to seniors and their caretakers only.

  • Senior-only hours: Mondays & Wednesdays, 6-7 a.m.
  • Locations: ShopRidleys.com


One hour a day has been designated as shopping time exclusive for seniors or those with a weakened immune system.

Sam’s Club

Starting Thursday, March 26, Sam’s Club locations nationwide will offer early shopping hours every Tuesday and Thursday from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. for seniors and those with disabilities or compromised immune systems. This includes the pharmacy and optical centers.

Smiths Food & Drug

Smiths Food & Drug

Smith’s Food & Drug Stores will dedicate the first hour on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7 to 8 am, solely to the shopping needs of senior citizens until further notice. Each store will have staff on hand to help those that need special accommodations. For all other customers, temporary store hours will continue to be 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. until further notice. In addition, Smith’s is evaluating extending pharmacy hours to open earlier for seniors.


“Some customers have asked about special shopping hours for elderly guests. We’re dedicated to serving our customers during this unprecedented time and have given a great deal of consideration to this matter. Special shopping hours can result in long entry lines and crowding, which conflicts with social distancing recommendations for the elderly and at-risk groups. To best serve everyone in our communities, we’ve invested in more staffing to maintain our focus on customer service and to provide a clean and safe shopping environment. We’re also implementing new checkout measures that encourage customers to maintain a healthy distance from one another, and also installing plexiglass barriers to reduce contact with team members.”


Target will reserve the first hour of shopping each Wednesday at stores nationwide for vulnerable guests – including elderly and those with underlying health concerns.

Trader Joes

Beginning March 30th, our stores will dedicate the first hour of operation every day (in general, between 8AM and 9AM) to serve our senior customers over the age of 60 and disabled customers who may need additional assistance while shopping.  To find the hours for your store, please visit our locations page.


Walgreens will be open 8-9 am every Tuesday for seniors. They also encourage using drive-thru services during normal hours.


From March 24 to April 28, Walmart stores will host a senior shopping hour every Tuesday for customers age 60 and older who may be more vulnerable. This will start one hour before the store opens. Our pharmacies and vision centers will also be open during this time.

Whole Foods

All Whole Foods Market stores will service customers who are 60+ years old one hour before opening the store to the general public.

WinCo Foods

Stores have been operating under temporary hours, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the store will open at 6 a.m., and operate for seniors, vulnerable populations and WinCo employees only.

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Utah Grocery Stores Offer Senior Shopping Hours