Walmart this weeks extended the shopping hours at most stores, pushing their closing time from 8:30 pm to 10 pm. The chain also announced the continuation of Senior Pickup Hour and Senior Shopping Hour.
Walmart Closing Moved to 10 pm
“By August 17, more than 4,000 of our 4,700 Walmart stores will expand their closing time from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., providing customers with greater options to shop for the food, medicine and supplies they need,” Walmart announced in a Covid-19 update to customers.
“Additionally, our stores will host a senior shopping hour every Tuesday for customers age 60 and older who may be more vulnerable. This will start one hour before the store opens. Our pharmacies and vision centers will also be open during this time.”
You can find the most up-to-date store hours at the Walmart store finder.
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Walmart Senior Shopping Hour
Walmart has a senior shopping hour every Tuesday for customers age 60 and older who may be more vulnerable. This will start one hour before the store opens.
At most stores the senior shopping hour is 6-7 am every Tuesday. Walmart said its pharmacies and vision centers will also be open during this time.
Walmart Senior Pickup Hour
Each day at select Walmart stores, the hour from 7 to 8 a.m. is reserved for pickup by customers over the age of 60, as well as first responders, customers with disabilities and anyone designated high-risk, Walmart announced.
The point of pickup is contact-free. Customers simply open their trunk, and associates load their groceries in – no need to sign for the order.
To start your order and reserve a pickup time:
- Visit Walmart.com/grocery or open the Walmart App.
- Select your pickup location
- Reserve a time slot. You’ll see that 7 to 8 am is marked as ‘At Risk Only’. If you think you qualify just click to confirm your eligibility. You can also choose other times, which are open to all shoppers.
- Then start your order and check out.
- Enter your phone number to get updates on your order.
- When you arrive, enter your parking spot number in the app.
A video showing how to place an order for curbside pickup can be found below or on the Walmart Youtube Channel.
“Now more than ever, families are relying on our pickup service to help get quality, fresh groceries to their homes as safely as possible,” Tom Ward, senior vice president, Customer Product said in the Senior Pickup Hour announcement. “These are extraordinary times, and we are constantly looking for ways we can help deliver that same peace of mind to all our customers, particularly those who are most at-risk.”
Walmart Mask Policy
Walmart requires all customers to wear a face mask, starting July 20, 2020.
“In addition to posting clear signage at the front of our stores, Walmart has created the role of Health Ambassador and will station them near the entrance to remind those without a mask of our new requirements. Our ambassadors will receive special training to help make the process as smooth as possible for customers. The ambassadors, identifiable by their black polo shirts, will work with customers who show up at a store without a face covering to try and find a solution. We are currently considering different solutions for customers when this requirement takes effect on July 20.
To help ensure consistency with this new process, all stores will have a single entrance,” the company announced. “Complimentary masks will be provided if the member doesn’t have one.”
Walmart said it is working as quickly as possible to restock high-demand products like paper goods, milk and cleaning supplies, but has set purchase limits on certain items. You can find additional information here.
For more information on the steps Walmart is taking to help protect its customers and associates, click here.
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