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#Answered: Grocery store operating hours, senior hours, + more during COVID-19

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This conversation was written by Maggie Vickrey, CHStoday’s digital media intern.

Going to the grocery store looks a little different than it used to.

Unfortunately, it still doesn’t involve Ryan Gosling.

To ensure the health of our communities, there are new rules, new regulations and new hours in place for grocery stores, which can be hard to keep up with amid all of the other COVID-19-related changes. 

In response to requests from several of our readers, we put together a list of local grocery stores with updated hours, including special hours for seniors, healthcare workers, people with disabilities and people with high-risk.

Looking for ways to shop for more local produce right now? Click here for a list of markets + delivery programs featuring goods from local farmers.

Grocery store information

Aldi
○ Store hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
○ Specialty hours: Shopping reserved for seniors and other vulnerable customers on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30-9:30 a.m.

BI-LO
Store hours: All locations will be open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.
○ Pharmacy hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Specialty hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-9 a.m. the store will be reserved for seniors and customers at high risk; Mondays and Tuesdays 8 p.m.-9 p.m. the store will stay open late for healthcare providers and first responders.
Refunds, exchanges, rain checks, self-service food offerings, and Bissell Carpet Cleaner rentals are currently unavailable.

BJ’s Wholesale
Store hours: Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.- 8p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.- 7 p.m.
Specialty hours: Monday-Saturday the store will be reserved for seniors ages 60+.

Costco
Store hours: All Charleston-area locations will be open Monday-Friday 10 a.m.- 6:30 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
○ Pharmacy hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Sunday
Specialty hours: Tuesday-Thursday 8-9 a.m. the store and pharmacy will be reserved for seniors ages 60+.

Food Lion
○ Store hours: Normal operating hours
○ Specialty hours: Every Monday and Wednesday 7-8 a.m. is dedicated to shoppers ages 60+ and others who identify as high risk.

Harris Teeter
Store hours: All locations will be open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.
Senior hours: Mondays and Thursdays, 6 a.m.-8 a.m. for shoppers ages 60+. Additionally, ExpressLane Online Shopping pick-up will be reserved to seniors from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thursdays.

Lidl
Store hours: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Lowes Foods
Store hours: All locations will be open from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.
Specialty hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 7-8 a.m. is reserved for senior and high-risk shoppers.

Publix
Store hours: All locations will be open from 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. daily.
○ Pharmacy hours: Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Specialty hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 7-8 a.m. the store and pharmacy will be reserved for seniors ages 65+. Publix is designating Thursday evenings, 8 – 9 p.m., and Friday mornings, 7 – 8 a.m., as special shopping hours for first responders and hospital staff, and Publix Pharmacies will also be open during those times.
Contactless payment is now available.

Sam’s Club
Store hours: All locations will be open Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Specialty hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 7 a.m.- 9 p.m. the store, pharmacy and optical center will be reserved for seniors, customers with disabilities and customers at high risk. Beginning April 19, the store will launch “Hero Hours” on Sundays from 8-10 a.m. for health care workers + first responders. During that time, frontline workers will also be provided with masks to wear while shopping.

Target
Store hours: all local locations will be open 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
○ Pharmacy hours: Monday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Thursday-Friday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Summerville hours differ).
Specialty hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 8-9 a.m. the store will be reserved for seniors and customers at high risk.
When necessary, capacity may be limited.
○ Contactless order pickup + home delivery available.

Trader Joe’s
Store hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. dailySpecialty hours: From 8-9 a.m. daily, the store will be reserved for seniors and customers with disabilities that may need assistance shopping.
At the Mount Pleasant location, only 30 shoppers will be allowed in at a time; others will wait in line outside (keeping a distance of six feet from other customers) and will be given a sanitized cart when it is their turn to enter the store.

Walmart
Store hours: all Charleston-area locations will be open 7 a.m-8:30 p.m. daily.
○ Pharmacy hours: Monday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Tuesday 6 a.m.-7p.m., Wednesday-Saturday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Specialty hours: Tuesdays 6 a.m.-7 a.m. the store, pharmacy and vision center will be reserved for seniors ages 60+ (through April 28).
○ Each day from 7-8 a.m., store pick-up at select locations will be reserved for customers over 60, first responders, customers with disabilities, and anyone designated as high-risk by the CDC.
Going forward, only five customers for every 1,000 sqft of the store will be allowed in the store. Plus, entrance will be limited to one door. Once capacity has been met, shoppers will be let into the store on a one-in-one-out basis.
○ The company launched a new “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” program in partnership with Nextdoor. Nextdoor members around the country can either request shopping assistance or offer to help someone in their community shop for essential items at Walmart stores.

Whole Foods
Store hours: All Charleston-area locations will be open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.
Specialty hours: From 7-8 a.m. daily, the store will be reserved for seniors ages 60+.

 

Tips for making your grocery shopping experience safe and low-risk

Try utilizing the online ordering services that many retailers are now offering. Even if you don’t opt for delivery, ordering ahead will limit your time in the store – and minimize how much contact you have with others.

○ Don’t go to the grocery store unless you have to. Plan your shopping trips in advance so you can grab everything you need at once. If you limit the number of trips you make to the store, you’re not only keeping yourself safe, but you’re helping your neighbors, too, by keeping the store a little less crowded.

If you must go to the store or another public space, the CDC recommends keeping your face covered. Here’s some valuable information about face masks – including how to make one at home.

○ Don’t buy in bulk. Many grocers are limiting the quantity of certain items that shoppers can purchase – like toilet paper, paper towels, over-the-counter cold meds, etc. 

○ Be kind to grocery store employees. While many of us are able to work at home, they’re bravely showing up to work to ensure the needs of our community are met. This is a new normal that we’re all adjusting to – and even if your experience isn’t perfect, being patient and kind can go a long way.

 

Additional Resources

○ Sandpiper Senior Center is offering free delivery of supplies and groceries to anyone 60 and over in Mount Pleasant, Sullivan’s Island, Daniel Island, Isle of Palms, and Awendaw. Email [email protected] or call 800-732-6761 for more information.

CHStoday’s list of volunteer opportunities for COVID-19 relief – including programs where you can sign up to shop for + deliver items to seniors.

Know of a resource worth sharing? Tell us about it in an email to [email protected] and we can add it to this list.

 

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