To make shopping safer for vulnerable folks, many stores in the Wichita area have instituted senior shopping hours.
These special shopping hours for seniors usually include people who are vulnerable and sometimes for medical/healthcare workers as well.
Also, now that some attractions have reopened, they also have senior hours. We’ve listed those here as well.
Do you know of a store or attraction with senior shopping hours that I’ve missed? Please let me know in the comments!
Senior Shopping Hours in Wichita
Ace Hardware While there don’t appear to be specific senior shopping hours here, Ace Hardware is offering free curbside pickup, free delivery on orders over $50 for Ace Rewards members, and ship to home options. To use these, order online at AceHardware.com and select your preferred method at checkout.
Aldi On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the first hour of shopping, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., is reserved for senior citizens, expectant mothers, and those with underlying health concerns. When you go, you’ll definitely see some differences in the shopping experience, including an employee at the door to help control the number of shoppers in the store at one time. Medical professionals with ID will be able to go to the front of the line if there’s a wait to get in.
Cash Savers The grocery store in Haysville has limited the first hour of shopping each day to senior citizens. As other stores have done, Cash Savers also reduced its operating hours. The store will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. until further notice.
Costco Special operating hours for Costco members ages 60 and older are 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
Dillons Exclusive shopping for seniors 60 and older are 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Monday through Thursday. Most Dillons stores also have reduced their operating hours from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Dollar General Senior store hour (which are also for vulnerable and at-risk shoppers) is the first hour the store is open. Dollar General stores will open at their usual time, but close an hour earlier than normal.
Dollar Tree The first operational hours each day are dedicated to at-risk customers, including senior citizens, individuals with pre-existing health conditions, and pregnant women.
Kansas Grown Farmers Market The farmers market at the Sedgwick County Extension office opened as planned on April 11, with some notable changes – including reserving the first hour of shopping for elderly, immune-compromised, and for front-line essential workers who need to shop early before or directly after their shift.
Target The first hour of shopping each Tuesday and Wednesday at Target are reserved for vulnerable shoppers, including the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.
Trader Joe’s The first hour of operation every day is dedicated to senior customers over 60 and customers with disabilities who may need additional assistance while shopping. Hours vary by location, but the Wichita Trader Joe’s senior hour is 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Sam’s Club – For members who are seniors, pregnant, at-risk or disabled, Sam’s Club has early shopping hours every Tuesday and Thursday from 7–9 am,* including the pharmacy and optical centers. For healthcare workers and first responders, Sam’s Club has new “Hero Hours” from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings.
Sedgwick County Zoo Members and seniors may purchase early-bird admission to the zoo at 8:30 a.m., which is a half-hour before it opens to the public.
Walgreens On every Tuesday for the near future, Walgreens will open at 8 a.m. with the first full hour of shopping reserved for senior citizens. This senior shopping hour is also available to their caregivers or members of their immediate family. Also on Tuesdays, Walgreens is offering 30% discount on regularly priced Walgreens brands and 20% off regularly priced national brands. Of course, some restrictions may apply and quantity of some items may be limited.
Walmart – Through April 28, Walmart stores have an hour-long senior shopping event every Tuesday for customers aged 60 and older. It starts one hour before the store opens. The pharmacy and vision center is also during that time. Be sure to check local store hours before you leave. Walmart is also launching a new pickup hour from 7-8 a.m. at select pickup store locations for those who are over the age of 60, as well as for first responders, customers with disabilities, and anyone designated high-risk by the CDC. While this time has been reserved for high-risk individuals, they can also use any other open pickup time as well.
Whole Foods Market Stores will serve customers who are 60+ years old one hour before opening the store to the general public. In Wichita, senior shopping hours at Whole Foods are 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Free delivery from Whole Foods to Amazon Prime members available in Wichita, but due to current circumstances you may find yourself on a waiting list. If you previously used the service, it appears to be working normally. (Thanks, Carol!) The first hour of grocery pickup is reserved for Prime members 60 years and older, those with disabilities, and those the CDC defines as high risk.
Wichita Art Museum Gallery hours from 10-11 a.m. weekday mornings are reserved for seniors (ages 55 & older) & visitors who are immune-suppressed.
Wichita Public Library The first hour of operation Monday-Saturday will be reserved for vulnerable populations. This includes seniors, pregnant women, individuals with compromised immune systems and other at-risk populations.