Publix to set special hours for older shoppers

Shortages of particular items have hit grocery store shelves as people have engaged in some hoarding and panic-induced buying because of the spread of COVID-19. In this Publix in Cobb County, all the bleach, which can be used for sanitizing, has been purchased, though the shelves remain full of other clothes cleaning products. Christopher Quinn

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Shortages of particular items have hit grocery store shelves as people have engaged in some hoarding and panic-induced buying because of the spread of COVID-19. In this Publix in Cobb County, all the bleach, which can be used for sanitizing, has been purchased, though the shelves remain full of other clothes cleaning products. Christopher Quinn

Publix is changing its schedule to create special shopping hours for older shoppers.

The grocer will open for those 65 and older Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. The new schedule will begin Tuesday, March 24, and continue until further notice.

Publix Pharmacy will also open at 7 a.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to serve older customers.

“We understand there are customers for whom shopping may be extra difficult right now, so we are pleased to offer them this dedicated time in our stores to shop at their own pace,” a press release said

According to the CDC, individuals over the age of 65 are at increased risk of complications from the coronavirus.

Publix operates 1,243 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.

Read the AJC’s story on the state of grocery shopping during the health crisis.

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