Whole Foods said it would change store opening hours to accommodate older shoppers and help keep stores clean during the new corona virus crisis, according tomedia CNET. Starting Wednesday local time, customers over the age of 60 will be able to shop at stores in the U.S. and Canada one hour before public opening hours. For example, if the store is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., these elderly customers can enter the supermarket from 8 a.m.
From Thursday, UK customers over the age of 70 will be able to arrive at the store an hour early. These changes are intended to help older people identified by health officials as more susceptible to the virus.
In addition, Whole Foods supermarket stores will be closed two hours early to “re-put shelves, disinfect stores and prepare for the next day’s rest.” During this period, stores will continue to be open for pickup and Prime delivery.
Amazon-owned Whole Foods is one of many grocers and major retailers that changed business hours and agreements during the new corona virus outbreak. Wal-Mart, for example, this week changed its 24-hour business hours from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. to help replenish and clean. In addition, Stop and Shop and Target allow some time for older shoppers.
Many other supermarket chains across the Country have cut their opening hours, while major retailers such as Apple and Nike have shut down stores altogether.