Starting today, all Whole Foods Market stores in the U.S. and Canada will service customers who are 60 and older one hour before opening to the general public, a response to high-demand at stores due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Only that age group will be able to shop from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at both the Redwood City store at 1250 Jefferson Ave. and the San Mateo store at 1010 Park Place. Both stores open to the general public at 9 a.m.
“We are setting aside this time to help these customers, who national health authorities have identified as among the most vulnerable to COVID-19, feel more comfortable shopping our stores and helping to ensure they are able to get the items they need in a less crowded environment,” according to a statement by Whole Foods Market.
Also, Whole Foods Market stores will close up to two hours early to allow employees time to restock shelves, sanitize stores and rest. Pickup at stores will still be offered and Prime delivery orders will continue to be fulfilled to “ensure that people who need to remain at home can still get their groceries in a timely manner,” the company said.
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