Charlotte Retailers Announce Dedicated Senior Shopping Hours During COVD-19 Crisis

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Charlotte Retailers Announce Dedicated Senior Shopping Hours During COVID-19 Crisis

 

A number of Charlotte's major grocery and general retailers have announced special, dedicated shopping hours for Seniors (as well as for people at risk due to chronic health issues). These include:

 

  • Whole Foods: Seniors aged 60 and older may now shop one hour before store openings from 8:00 am till 9:00am.

  • Harris Teeter: Seniors aged 60 and older can now shop at Harris Teeter on Monday and Thursday mornings from 6:00 am till 7:00 am. (Don't forget, Thursday is also senior discount day at Harris Teeter if you have a VIC card.) Also, Harris Teeter will designate ExpressLane Online Shopping pick-up times from 9:00 am till 2:00 pm for seniors only every Thursday until further notice AND will waive the $4.95 fee & offer $5 delivery for seniors during these times. Senior ExpressLane pickup and delivery times can be reserved beginning Monday, March 23 at 10:00 am. Promotional codes can be found at www.harristeeter.com/order-online/groceries on Monday, March 23 at 10am. Current ExpressLane customers will receive the codes via email.

  • Fresh Market: Seniors may shop from 8:00 am till 9:00 pm on weekdays.

  • Target: Seniors aged 65 and older can shop the first hour every Wednesday. You may need to check the store hours for your local Target.

  • BJ's Wholesale Club: Seniors aged 60 and older can shop from 8:00 am till 9:00 am daily.

  • Publix: Seniors aged 65 and older can shop each Tuesday and Wednesday from 7:00 am till 8:00 am, beginning March 24th. (Don't forget to ask for your senior discount on Wednesdays.)

  • Walmart: beginning March 24th and through April 28th, seniors aged 60 and older can shop from 6:00 am till 7:00 am on Tuesdays.

  • Costco: beginning March 24th, seniors aged 60 and older can shop from 8:00 am till 9:00 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

  • Sam's Club: will reserve 7:00 am till 9:00 am for shopping by seniors. (Check with your local Sam's Club for age restriction.)

  • Big Lots: will reserve the first hour of each day for shopping by seniors. (Check with your local Big Lots regarding operating hours and age restrictions.)

  • Dollar General: is encouraging all its stores to devote the first hour of each shopping day for seniors, but you should confirm with your local Dollar General.

  • Bi-Lo: is reserving 8:00 am till 9:00 am Mondays through Fridays for Seniors. (Check with your local store on age restriction.)

  • Reid's Fine Foods: no senior shopping hours, but Reid's is offering offering free delivery to all customers age 60 and older within 5 miles of one of its four Charlotte locations.

 

 

Limits On Purchases Of High Demand Items

 

Meantime, keep in mind that most retailers are now limiting purchases of high demand items such as liquid soaps, hand sanitizers, rubbing alcohol, peroxide, certain water bottle packs, bath tissue, paper towels, household cleaners, bleach and dish detergent.

 

 

Many Charlotte Shopping Malls & Stores Closed

Three of Charlotte area's largest shopping malls -- South Park, Concord Mills, Premium Outlets -- are totally closed. Meantime, Carolina Place Mall and Northlake Mall have reduced their hours, but some retailers in these malls are not open at all. Before you shop, check if a store you're planning to go to is open.

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 Nina Hollander, RE/MAX Broker, Realtor

 

 

 

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Comments (36)

Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I took my Dad to Safeway and Albertson's for the special senior shopping hours and there were people of all ages in there.  It was not crowded, so it wasn't that big of a deal.

Mar 23, 2020 06:47 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Brian England hi Brian... you'd think the stores who offer these special hours would monitor that... then again, people of other ages may be those with chronic illnesses who are also covered under the senior hours.

Mar 23, 2020 07:06 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Hello again Nina. You scored. Congratulations!!!!!! Fortunately I always have toilet paper in the house so I will survive until it is prevalent again. TY I went to a specialty store this morning too and there were at least 50 seniors in line before they opened 25 minutes later. It was snowing.

Mar 23, 2020 07:08 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Sheila Anderson nothing like adding snow to the mix, don't you thinkg, Sheila? I'm always being kidded that I have a big supply of all paper products stored in my garage... that's because I buy when they are on deep discount... afterall, they don't spoil. No one is laughing at me now. Meantime, I continue to add to the stash as I find it (just in case).

Mar 23, 2020 08:00 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Nina, I went this morning, for me and one of my at risk neighbors.  The line was REALLY long at 7 am, and no buggies at 6:50 when I got there.   Had to go to Walmart to get spaghetti sauce, strawberries and catfood, as Kings still had empty shelves.  Probably won't do that again.

Mar 23, 2020 08:06 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Nina,  I know that this is good for older people but still not sure how good this is for all that go that early that could have it.

 

Mar 23, 2020 08:10 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Joan Cox hi Joan... our senior hours just began in some places yesterday and some don't start till this week, so I haven't had a chance to test it out. I might just test out Harris Teeter on Thursday morning since that is when I typically shop there anyway.

Mar 23, 2020 08:12 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Will Hamm hi Will... I have to figure that every little bit counts in this war against the virus.

Mar 23, 2020 08:12 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Nina,

I am happy to hear that you have senior hours at these stores.  I am seeing the urgency calming down here.  Now, if the mass media would report good news instead of battering people with fear and and anxiety...

Mar 23, 2020 08:25 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Hello again Nina. I too have a good supply. Why not, you're right it doesn't go bad. I bought a few small packs of toilet paper last week: just in case too. Have a good day my friend.

Mar 23, 2020 08:37 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Ron and Alexandra Seigel hi Alexandra... I'm not out enough to get a good sense of whether things are calming down or not. But the stores seem reasonably calm. Just saw something that said my zip code had the most corona virus incidents (six of them) in Charlotte. I agree that the media reporting has been overly one-sided on the whole... of course, it's important to get people to pay attention... but people also need some good news to calm their fears. Not sure that the 24/7 reporting is helping.

Mar 23, 2020 08:48 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Sheila Anderson hi again to you, Sheila... I keep telling myself that this too will pass and keeping as positive as possible. The alternative is not pleasant.

Mar 23, 2020 08:48 AM
Sheila Anderson

Unfortunately, i agree. Be well.

Mar 23, 2020 09:41 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Nina,
I'm pleased to see the grocery stores doing this.  I hope it does help the seniors feel less anxiety with the whole experience. Our Albertsons and Safeway stores have a 2-hour block on Tuesday and Thursday for seniors. 

Mar 23, 2020 08:54 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Carol Williams hi Carol... I figure every little bit helps. It's good to see our businesses step up to the plate.

Mar 23, 2020 09:27 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Nina Hollander - we can all pitch in.  The stores are doing a great job and so are the restaurants with take out and delivery.

Mar 23, 2020 10:17 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Grant Schneider hi Grant... hopefully, we can all return to some semblance of normalcy before too long.

Mar 23, 2020 12:04 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Even though I'm an early riser, the senior times are not very good for most seniors I see... (The shelves should be well stocked.) Thank you for your positive public service anouncement!

Happy Monday Nina Hollander 

Mar 23, 2020 02:22 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS hi Paul... I'm one of those seniors who has no problem being at a store by 7am... From what I've been hearing, stores are packed with them regardless of the hour.

Mar 23, 2020 02:33 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS

Must be us lazy west coast seniors Nina 

Mar 23, 2020 09:33 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS 

Mar 24, 2020 04:28 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

As a senior I take advantage of everything I can. On to Fresh market in the morning.

Mar 23, 2020 03:08 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Joe Pryor hi Joe... there's has to be some advantage to being a senior... I've been taking advantage of everything I can since my mid-50's (which I wish I could remember). I'll check out my Harris Teeter early on Thursday morning... my normal shopping day in any event as it's also the day seniors get a 5% discount.

Mar 24, 2020 04:30 AM