With all the chaos and uncertainty that the coronavirus pandemic has brought along, a lot of senior citizens are fearful of going to the grocery store while people continue to raid the shelves in panic. Fortunately, several big-name supermarkets in Toronto have added dedicated hours for the elderly and other vulnerable community members to shop for in-demand necessities like canned goods and toilet paper, without having to deal with the intimidating masses.
Longo’s, Loblaws, Sobeys, Eataly, Pusateri’s, Nature’s Emporium, Shopper’s Drug Mart, and Farm Boy have all implemented extra hours for seniors. At Longo’s and Eataly, the elderly and at-risk individuals can come to shop between 8am and 9am, before the stores’ usual opening hours.
Similarly, these groups can shop at Loblaws and Pusateri’s between 7am and 8am, while Sobeys is implementing a “Senior Shopping Hour” during the first hour of store operations. Same thing goes for Farm Boy starting at 7am on Mondays through Saturdays, and then on Sundays seniors can shop with confidence from 8am to 9am. Nature’s Emporium will open a half-hour earlier for seniors at 8:30am. Select No Frills locations have implemented similar measures.
Finally, Shopper’s Drug Mart has not only added an extra hour for seniors and people with disabilities, but they will also offer the 20% Seniors Day discount on regular priced items every single day for the first hour. It’s great to see major grocery stores being thoughtful during these stressful times.