More stores opening doors early for healthcare workers, elderly

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — It's hard enough to get groceries right now, but it's even hard when you're among groups health experts said are at greater risk of getting coronavirus.

That's why more and more stores have made changes to help.

FOX13’s Jacque Masse went to Kroger in Poplar Plaza in east Memphis to see how their hours have changed.

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From 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., Monday through Thursday, those who are 60 and older are allowed inside Kroger to shop and that's not the only business making changes to help.

The older generation needs more protection.

Nanci Hargrove said people who are older than 60 need to take advantage of the new store hours at Kroger and other businesses.

The CDC reports 8 out of 10 deaths from the coronavirus in the U.S. have been adults who are 65 and older

“Need to respect that and respect our elders and give them the opportunity to stay as healthy as possible,” Hargrove said.

Kroger allows only seniors to shop in their stores for the first hour after they open Monday through Thursday.

Target reserves its first hour on Wednesdays for older shoppers and people with health issues.

Walmart, elderly shoppers will have an hour before the store opens to everyone else on Tuesdays.

“To give them more space and time in the stores when buggies are clean and carts are in good clean condition,” said Jeanne Crosby, shopper.

Some businesses hold hours for others affected by the pandemic.

Local stores like South Main Grocery only allow healthcare workers and first responders to shop from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and at 9, it's senior shopping hour.

“Keep the numbers small that are in here,” said Jim Losapio, owner of Spindini. “We only allow 6 people at a time anyway but want to take care of seniors.”