May 07, 2021
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Trader Joe's has dropped senior hours at many of its 515-plus stores.
The specialty supermarket, like the majority of the nation's major grocery stores, started designating special shopping hours in March 2020 to help those the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention then considered most vulnerable and at-risk for COVID-19.
Trader Joe's originally set aside the first hour each day at all stores for 60 and older and customers with disabilities. The hours were later reduced to twice a week – usually Wednesday and Sunday – at most stores with some variations.
But recently, hundreds of its stores stopped offering the designated time, the company confirmed to USA TODAY.
As of Friday, USA TODAY found senior hours are still taking place at Trader Joe's in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. While not statewide, dozens of California Trader Joe's stores designate the first hour to seniors and vulnerable shoppers at least two days a week.
Does your location still offer COVID hours?
Find your near store hours at TraderJoes.com.