Landis Markets Join Others with ‘Senior Hours’
SCHWENKSVILLE PA – Landis Supermarkets in Schwenksville and Sanatoga on Thursday (March 19) joined other grocery merchants that offer shopping hours exclusively for older adults. It is reserving Monday through Friday between 8 and 9 a.m. for shopping only by those age 60 and older, as well as what in-store signs said were “individuals most at risk.”
The announcement means the elderly and others won’t compete during that hour with anyone else for goods on store shelves.
Redner’s similarly set so-called “senior hours” Wednesday (March 18), affecting its Warehouse Market stores in Collegeville, Lower Pottsgrove, and Phoenixville, from 6-7:30 a.m. daily. Those first 90 minutes of Redner’s daily operations are set aside for persons age 60-plus, those who are “immune compromised,” or those considered to be “high-health risk and pregnant.” The company said, in posted memos signed by President and CEO Ryan Redner, it will not ask “for any personal identification or proof” from anyone who shops then.
Giant Supermarkets, with stores in Upper Providence, West Pottsgrove, Royersford, Gilbertsville, and Phoenixville, on Tuesday (March 17) set aside from 6-7 a.m. daily for the same purpose. It won’t check IDs either.
On Monday (March 16) Dollar General stores operating in Royersford, Lower Pottsgrove, Pottstown, Boyertown, Stowe, and Douglassville all reported their first hour of business would be held for the elderly. Opening hours vary by store.
Acme, which operates in Phoenixville and is part of Albertsons Company stores, said it will open every Tuesday and Thursday from 7-9 a.m. to the elderly, people with compromised immune systems and pregnant women.
Wegmans’ store in Collegeville, and those elsewhere in Pennsylvania, do not yet have dedicated “shopping hours for elderly customers,” it said, and offered several reasons why on its “Response to COVID-19” webpage, here. However, it called the situation “rapidly evolving,” and said it would “monitor and adjust accordingly.”
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