LIST: Metro Detroit grocery stores change hours, add special times for seniors due to coronavirus

DETROIT – Some stores in Metro Detroit are changing hours to allow for cleaning and restocking, and some retailers are adding special times for seniors to shop in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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See a list below:

Busch’s Fresh Food Market

Busch’s Fresh Food Market will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Dollar General

Dollar General is encouraging all customers to allow the first hour be designated for senior customers — those who are most vulnerable to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

“In keeping with the company’s mission of serving others, Dollar General wants to provide these at-risk customers with the ability to purchase the items they need and want at the beginning of each day to avoid busier and more crowded shopping periods,” the company said in a news release.

Check your location’s hours by clicking here.

Hollywood Markets

Hollywood Markets stores will allow people 65 and older, expectant mothers and people with compromised immune systems to shop from 8-9 a.m. Monday-Friday beginning March 23.

The general store hours will change to 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily beginning Saturday.


Kroger is altering store hours in some areas.

Michigan stores will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Kroger stores will dedicate the first hour of shopping on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. to senior shoppers (60 years and older), expectant mothers, first responders and those with compromised immune systems until further notice.


Meijer is changing its store hours and added dedicated shopping hours for seniors, people with chronic health issues and essential service workers.

New hours:

  • Meijer stores will close at 10 p.m. local time, beginning Friday, March 20, and will open each morning at 8 a.m. local time.
  • Meijer Express locations will close at 10 p.m. and open each morning at 8 a.m.; pay-at-the-pump fuel sales will remain available 24 hours a day.
  • Meijer stores and pharmacies will provide dedicated shopping times for senior citizens and customers with chronic health conditions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-8 a.m. local time.
  • Meijer stores and pharmacies will provide dedicated shopping times for essential service workers and Meijer team members on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7-8 a.m. local time.

Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace

Nino Salvaggio is adding a shopping hour from 7-8 a.m. for people with immunity issues and seniors every day.

Nino’s locations will open to other shoppers at 8 a.m. Stores close at 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 p.m. on Sunday.


Target is also reducing its store hours and adding hours for seniors and people with health conditions.

All stores will close by 9 p.m. every day. The first hour of each Wednesday will be dedicated to vulnerable shoppers.

Check hours by store on the Target website.

Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe’s will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.


All stores will be open from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Stores that already open later than 7 a.m. will still open at that later time.

Stores will open an hour early every Tuesday for customers 60 and older. Pharmacies and vision centers will also be open during this time.

Whole Foods Market

Customers 60 and older can shop an hour before stores open.

Metro Detroit Whole Foods locations are open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

This list will be updated with more stores as hours change.

How COVID-19 Spreads

Person-to-person spread

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Can someone spread the virus without being sick?

  • People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
  • Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

How easily the virus spreads

How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, spreading continually without stopping.

Prevention & Treatment

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

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People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.

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