Special Hours, Early Shopping in Tuscaloosa for Seniors, and More: Challenges for Area Stores Featured

Several area grocery stores in the Tuscaloosa area are offering special hours and opportunities for seniors and those at risk to shop in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The hope is that these “Senior Hours” will help those most at-risk avoid busier and more crowded shopping periods. Many are also closing early to allow workers to sanitize, clean, and restock store shelves.  according to owner Jay Welborn.

“I am so proud of our employees and the effort they have sustained for several days,” said Jay Welborn, owner of the Piggly Wiggly stores in Tuscaloosa and Northport. 

Hours of operation at many of these stores were still changing. The best advice on when they open/close will be to call the store directly or check the store’s website/social media accounts.

ALDI: Aldi stores across the country will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Some stores may have limited hours to accommodate restocking and cleaning. These hours may be limited to accommodate restocking and cleaning. aldi.us

Dollar General: All stores will dedicate the first hour of each shopping day to senior-only shoppers. All area stores are closing one hour earlier to allow for cleaning and restocking. To find the store nearest you, visit Dollargeneral.com.

The Fresh Market: The first hour of each weekday is reserved for senior shoppers and those most at-risk of COVID-19. Those hours are from 8 to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday. (205) 391-1204

Manna Grocery & Deli: Manna will be open from 9-10 a.m. daily to elderly and immunocompromised people. Store hours remain the same, though that may change. Deli food service is take-out only. Customers who need curbside service due to illness will be accommodated. Call ahead: (205) 752-9955.

Piggly Wiggly of Tuscaloosa County: All area Piggly Wiggly stores have adjusted their shopping hours to open at 8 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. This will allow employees to clean/sanitize and stock the store. For more information, visit Ttownpig.com.

Publix: Tuesday and Wednesdays from 7-8 a.m. are reserved for senior shopping hours for customers 65 and older. Stores will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., to allow for restocks and cleanings by employees. publix.com

Target: The first hour of shopping each Wednesday is being reserved for vulnerable guests, including the elderly and those with underlying health concerns. The store will close at 9 p.m. each night tor cleaning and restocking. (205) 462-1064

Vowell’s Fresh Market: The first two hours of operations at all Vowell’s stores are reserved for shoppers over 60 and those with underlying health risks. The store is helping to feed students during the pandemic. At press time, breakfast was being distributed from 7-8 a.m. and lunch from 1-2 p.m. vowellsmarketplace.com

Walmart: All Walmart stores, including Walmart Neighborhood Markets, will be open from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. until further notice. Through April 28, stores will offer hour-long senior shopping every Tuesday for customers aged 60 and older – one hour before the store opens. walmart.com

Winn-Dixie: Southeastern Grocers (the parent company of Winn-Dixie) is offering a senior shopping hour M-F from 8-9 a.m. Winn-Dixie is also offering delivery services, including a “drop and leave” program to avoid personal contact. To find the store nearest you, visit winndixie.com.




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