Grocery stores changing hours to help seniors, sanitize products during coronavirus pandemic

To help the most at-risk populations, grocery stores are changing their hours.

The World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus spread a global pandemic and the effects are starting to be felt around the state, region, country and globe.

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As residents across New England stay home to practice good social distancing, the need for groceries and supplies continues to rise.

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The groups most at risk for contracting COVID-19 are seniors and those with compromised immune systems.

In an effort to give the most at-risk populations time to get essential supplies in smaller crowds, grocery stores are making changes to their hours.

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Some stores are also altering their closing times to give workers enough time to restock shelves and sanitize items.

The grocery stores with changed hours are as follows:

Stop & Shop

Senior Hours 6:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.
Adjusted Hours Closing at 8:00 p.m.

Market Basket

Senior Hours 5:30 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. on Tues., Wed., & Thurs.
Adjusted Hours 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Mon. - Sat.), 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Sun.)

Roche Brothers

Senior Hours 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
Adjusted Hours 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Whole Foods

Senior Hours One hour before location opening
Adjusted Hours Closing up to two hours early


Senior Hours 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on Tues. & Thur.
Adjusted Hours 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Target will be closing at 9 p.m. to give employees time to restock and sanitize products.

Dollar General

Senior Hours 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Adjusted Hours Closing at 9 p.m.

Trader Joe’s

Beginning Monday, March 16th and until further notice, all Trader Joe’s stores will be open from 9:00 am until 7:00 pm to support our Crew Members in taking care of one another and our customers.

Star Market

Senior Hours 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Tues. & Thurs.
Adjusted Hours 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.


Senior Hours Hour-long event each Tues. starting 3/24
Adjusted Hours 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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