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TREASURE COAST – Many stores on the Treasure Coast have set special hours for seniors and others at risk to shop during the COVID-19 crisis. All information can change on a moment’s notice, so you should call ahead or check the store’s website before venturing out.

Dollar General announced plans to dedicate the first hour of each shopping day to seniors. “Dollar General wants to provide these at-risk customers with the ability to purchase the items they need and want at the beginning of each day to avoid busier and more crowded shopping periods,” the company said.

“We appreciate our customers’ understanding of our decision and request they visit our stores later in the morning to allow at-risk populations the ability to purchase the items they need at affordable prices,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO. “During these unprecedented times, Dollar General is diligently working to meet the ongoing needs of our customers and communities.”

Dollar General plans to close stores one hour earlier than normal to allow employees to clean and re-stock store shelves.

Fresh Market stores will be open 8 a.m.-9 p.m., seven days a week. On weekdays, the first shopping hour of 8–9 a.m. will be reserved for seniors and other individuals most at risk, such as those with chronic health conditions like heart disease or diabetes.

“We ask that our other guests who do not fall into these categories respect these special hours for those who fall into the higher risk categories as outlined by the CDC, so they can feel more comfortable shopping in our stores,” the company said.

The Fresh Market also closed all café seating areas. Online ordering is available through shop.thefreshmarket.com, but due to high demand, shoppers may experience delays in delivery and a higher number of items out-of-stock.

Publix is designating Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, 7–8 a.m., as senior shopping hours for customers age 65 and over. This change in hours will continue until further notice. Publix Pharmacy will also open at 7 a.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to serve seniors.

Target will close all stores by 9 p.m. daily to replenish and deep clean. Target increased staffing for services that support social distancing, like order pickup.

Target is also reserving the first hour of shopping each Wednesday “to support vulnerable guests, including the elderly and those with underlying health concerns.”

Walgreens has designated Tuesday mornings, 8-9 a.m., for seniors, their caregivers, and their immediate families.

Wal-Mart stores will adjust operating hours to 7 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Stores that open later than 7 a.m. will continue their regular starting hours.

From March 24-April 28, Wal-Mart will have senior shopping every Tuesday for customers aged 60 and older. This will start one hour before the store opens. Pharmacies and Vision Centers will also be open during this time.

Wal-Mart is temporarily closing its Auto Care Centers to allow those associates to focus on stocking and cleaning in the rest of the store.

Wal-Mart Vision Centers will operate on their normal schedule, providing essential services only such as glasses repair and helping customers pick up existing orders.

Winn Dixie designated a special shopping hour for seniors and high-risk customers from 8–9 a.m., Monday through Friday, in all stores. All pharmacy locations will open at 8 a.m. on weekdays to provide prescription refills, influenza and pneumonia vaccines, and customer counseling.

All Winn-Dixie grocery stores will close nightly at 8 p.m. to give associates time to restock store shelves and conduct additional sanitation procedures.

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