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Costco Reducing Senior Shopping Hours Starting July 13th

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Costco is reducing its special shopping hours.

In an effort to make shopping a little safer for vulnerable shoppers, many stores have been offering special shopping hours for senior citizens. Costco has been offering these special shopping hours Monday-Friday to allow at-risk shoppers a chance to get what they need in the safest environment possible while avoiding the crowds.

However, beginning July 13th, Costco will be reducing their special operating hours to just twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am to 10 am. The special shopping hours are limited to those ages 60 and older and for those with disabilities or who are immunocompromised.

For more information about Costco’s special operating hours and a list of excluded locations, check out their COVID Updates page here.

Costco will still be offering priority access for healthcare workers and first responders to move to the front of the line at any time, and they will still require face coverings in order to enter the store.

See our complete list of special shopping hours for vulnerable shoppers here…

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Comments 12

  1. Bunny

    Recently discovered if I shop at Costco an hour before closing (or during dinner time) there are fewer crowds. It’s nice to get in and out quickly 🙂

  2. skateman1sgirl

    Who can enjoy Costco in 1 hour?

    • Jen S

      It’s all about efficiency these days I’m afraid. Enjoy your time at home and prepare to get in and out of stores quickly. Use self checkout if you can because some cashiers don’t even wear masks correctly!

  3. Evie

    Most stores struggle to find people willing to get up early am.
    I see seniors shopping all and any hours. Since vivid is droplets or smaller particles, why does time in store matter?
    There is always a quick out line, it is called customer service.

    • Sam

      Because covid is spread through droplets, it is essential for vulnerable populations to have contact with the least amount of people possible. So therefore having an hour where there weren’t as many people there, helped keep crowds down and because these vulnerable populations tend to isolate more the people there are less likely to have the virus.

      • Kathleen

        • Shop Hopper

          At our Costco in St Louis lots of people under age 60 shopped during Senior hour with their kids, many not wearing masks. Can understand they may all be immune compromised but surely everyone can wear a mask when immune compromised people are trying to shop? I’ve given up going to Costco!

  4. kayti

    With so much uproar still, this seems like a move in the wrong direction!

  5. Heidi

    Sam’s Club has been running with two days a week for the hour before opening since the start of COVID, so Costco going to a reduced hour is not something other stores are “ not” doing.

  6. Ann

    I agree that reducing the number of days of early shopping seems incorrect. You can’t always plan your shopping on a Tuesday/Thurs morning. This was a plus over Sam’s.

  7. acgold

    Our Costco was too crowded during senior hours and there was always a line. They no longer have a line and less crowded later in the morning. Target and Walmart only do one morning a week here in NY and NJ. It was inconvenient and they let almost all ages in.

  8. MIRIAM

    Trader Joe’s still has senior hour every day, hour before opening to public!

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