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Several local grocery stores open early for at-risk people

Posted at 4:04 AM, Mar 19, 2020

A number of grocery stores are stepping up to help those in at-risk groups get items they need without being put a greater risk of contracting COVID-19.

California Fresh Market in both San Luis Obispo and Pismo Beach will open at 7 a.m.

The limited access will be for seniors 60+ and immune-compromised families.

Regular store hours will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Vons will provide two hours for that same group -- 7 to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Albertsons will open at 9 a.m. for seniors and the at-risk group on Mondays and Thursdays.

Whole Foods will provide its first hour starting at 8 a.m. each day of the week. It will close two hours early to help staff restock shelves and clean the store.

Each Wednesday, Target will dedicate the first hour for at-risk populations. It will also close an hour early every night at 9 p.m.

Starting on March 24 through the end of April, Walmart locations will open for one hour (7 a.m. for most locations) for seniors only. Walmart said it plans to open its pharmacy and vision center for this hour.