Whole Foods Announces Early Opening for Shoppers 60 and Older

Posted on March 17, 2020

Whole Foods San Francisco Store

Whole Foods Market has announced it will open its stores an hour early for shoppers 60 and older. This is an effort to help shoppers most vulnerable to the Covid-19 virus to shop is a less crowded environment.

The U.S. and Canada stores will service customers 60 and older one hour before opening to the public starting on Wednesday, March 18. In the UK, Whole Foods stores will service customers 70 and older one hour before opening starting on Thursday, March 19.

Whole Foods says in a release that it will also be closing stores earlier to clean and restock shelves:

In addition, Whole Foods Market stores will close up to two hours early to give our Team Members more time to restock shelves, sanitize our stores and rest in preparation for the next day. During this time, stores will remain open for pickup (in stores that offer it), and we will continue to fulfill Prime delivery orders in an effort to meet unprecedented demand and ensure that people who need to remain at home can still get their groceries in a timely manner.
Whole Foods says to check its website at wholefoodsmarket.com for your store's updated hours.

The coronavirus has infected over 6,500 with over 115 deaths in the U.S. In the UK there have been nearly 2,000 infections and over 70 deaths.

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