Beginning today, Michigan Kroger and Meijer stores will dedicate special shopping hours for the elderly, emergency workers and others directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Kroger has dedicated the first hour of shopping on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. to senior shoppers (60 years and older), expectant mothers, first responders and those with compromised immune systems until further notice. The opportunity is extended to these groups as they are the most vulnerable to the COVID-19 coronavirus. Each store will have staff available to help customers as necessary.
Rachel Hurst, corporate affairs manager, The Kroger Co. of Michigan said the grocery chain requests “ that customers respect these hours for the health of our community during this time of uncertainty.”
Kroger encourages all other customers to shop between 8:00 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. all other days of the week. Kroger has moved to the 9 p.m. closing to accommodate cleaning and restocking.
Kroger pharmacy hours will remain the same and vary by store. Hurst recommends that customers confirm the pharmacy hours with their local stores.
Meijer has also adjusted its store hours for the foreseeable future to allow more time for team members to deep clean and restock its stores, as well as dedicated hours for senior citizens, customers with chronic health conditions, essential service workers and its team members.
Meijer stores now close overnight at 10 p.m. local time and will open each morning at 8 a.m. local time with dedicated shopping times for senior citizens and customers with chronic health conditions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-8 a.m. local time. Meijer stores and pharmacies will provide dedicated shopping times for essential service workers and Meijer team members on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7-8 a.m. local time.
Rick Keyes, Meijer President and Chief Executive Officer said the “adjusted store hours will ensure all of customers have access to the products they need in the cleanest shopping environment possible.”
Essential service workers include all medical workers, first responders and law enforcement. Meijer is asking its customers and the public to please respect the times for these important groups.