DENVER – King Soopers is joining a growing list of stores across the nation offering exclusive shopping hours for seniors during the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Starting this Friday, March 20, King Soopers will dedicate the first hour on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to senior citizens only. The announcement comes as store shelves around the nation have seen a drastic decrease in cleaning and food supplies in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“King Soopers wants to provide our at-risk customers with the ability to purchase the items they need while avoiding busier and more crowded shopping times,” said a spokesperson for the company in a news release, and asked that customers in other age groups respect those hours for the health of the community.
The supermarket store hours for people who are not seniors or who do not have underlying health concerns will be as follows until further notice:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
King Soopers is the latest store to offer seniors-only shopping hours.
This past Monday, Dollar General announced it would dedicate the first hour to seniors. Target joined the effort two days later, announcing it would dedicate the first hour of each Wednesday for “vulnerable guests.” Walmart said Wednesday it would also begin offering seniors-only shopping hours on Tuesdays, from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. at most locations through April.
In the announcement made Thursday, King Soopers is also asking that customers be patient, be kind toward one another as well as their employees, and to shop responsibly during the public health crisis.