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Stores are designating special shopping hours to help those serving on the front lines of the . The designated hours are similar to what retailers introduced in March for seniors and shoppers with underlying health concerns.
At Costco Wholesale Club, members who are health care workers or first responders can move to the front of lines.
Some businesses including restaurants and convenience stores are offering discounts and freebies including coffee and meals.
that it is designating April 25 as “Frontline Heroes Discount Day,” and will give first responders, police and medical personnel 30% off regularly-priced Walgreens brands and 20% off regularly priced national brand products.
An employment badge or identification is needed at Walgreens, other retailers and restaurants to participate in the majority of the special hours and discounts.
Special shopping hours
: From 8 to 9 a.m. Sundays, first responders and health care workers can shop without a membership at all locations when they show their badge for the new “Appreciation Hour.” The senior shopping hour for club members 60 and over will be updated to Monday through Saturday 8 to 9 a.m. because of the change.
: Costco is temporarily allowing priority access to members who are health care workers and first responders with valid ID of their role to “move to the front of any line to enter the warehouse,” the company posted on its website.
: Until further notice, the Florida-based grocery store chain is extending hours for first responders and hospital staff. The special hours are from 8 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays and 7 to 8 a.m. on Fridays.
: Every Sunday from 8 to 10 a.m. until further notice, health care workers and first responders can shop during Sam’s Club Associate Appreciation Shopping Hours, which also have been dubbed Hero Hours.
: All Save Mart, FoodMaxx and Lucky stores will have special shopping hours – one hour before and one hour after posted store hours daily – for first responders, including law enforcement, fire and medical personnel with “proof of credentials.”
: The parent company of BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, is extending hours on Mondays and Tuesdays to add a special shopping hour from 8 to 9 p.m. for health care providers and first responders.
Walmart: The retail giant is reserving an hour each day for pickup orders for first responders as well as shoppers most at risk for the coronavirus. The “pickup hour” is from 7 to 8 a.m. daily.
Freebies, discounts for health care workers, first responders
Some businesses are delivering free food and coffee to hospitals. At other restaurants, the specials might be offered at some franchise locations. The following offers are available at participating locations until further notice unless otherwise noted.
Crocs: The company is giving away free footwear to health care workers including doctors and nurses and others in the industry who are on the frontlines of the pandemic. Choose between Crocs Classic Clogs and Crocs At Work styles. The free Crocs are available while supplies last at .
: The convenience store chain is offering a free cup of hot or iced coffee in any size to healthcare workers, first responders and military personnel “throughout this unprecedented time.” To receive a free coffee, tell a store employee your profession at checkout.
: Through April 30, all medical personnel, first responders and activated National Guardsmen get a 10% discount on qualifying purchases when they show their employment badge or ID at more than 16,300 stores. The discount store said in a that the program could be extended.
: Every Monday through National Nurses Week (May 6-12), Krispy Kreme is giving all health care workers with a badge free dozens of its Original Glazed Doughnuts. This drive-thru offer is for anyone who works at a hospital, as well as physicians, nurses, surgeons, psychologists, dentists, optometrists, pharmacists and their staff. While supplies last.
Starbucks: The coffee giant is serving up free coffee for first responders and health care workers through May 3. The offer is for police officers, firefighters, paramedics, doctors, nurses, hospital and medical staff and medical researchers, Starbucks said.
Uber: The ride-hailing service is offering 10 million free rides and deliveries to health care workers, seniors and people in need. The service also says it is giving away free meals.
: April 25 is “Frontline Hero Discount Day” at the company’s more than 9,200 stores for health care workers and first responders who present their employment badge or appropriate identification get up to 30% off eligible items.
More discounts: Smaller regional chains may also be treating first responders and health care workers.