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Starting March 24 and effective each Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. for the time being, the warehouse club has added special shopping hours for customers ages 60 and up.
One shopper pulls her cart out of a Costco warehouse in Lone Tree, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
“The pharmacy will also be open during this hour; however the food court will maintain its normal operating schedule,” a spokesperson announced on Facebook over the weekend. “These hours apply to all locations except the Business Centers, which will remain open during regular hours.”
Costco joins fellow big-box chains Walmart, Target and Dollar General in designating senior shopping hours during the pandemic, Fox 8 reports.
As tensions run high and anxious consumers buy in bulk during the COVID-19 outbreak, brawls have reportedly broken out at Costco and Sam’s Club locations across the country.
A shopper pushes a cart past a dwindling supply of toilet paper and hand towels in a Costco warehouse as shoppers continue to buy paper products in response to the spread of the coronavirus on March 23 in Lone Tree, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
In related operating updates, Costco is further doubling down with various health and safety measures to keep shoppers and employees safe during these trying times.
Stores have adopted certain protocols like limiting the number of people allowed inside at one time and reducing some services, as well as increasing sanitizing efforts.
At the Costco in Spokane Valley, Wash., the store is practicing social distancing by limiting how many customers can be in the store at one time. A line wrapped around the building on March 20, but was moving so that the wait was only around 10 to 15 minutes. (Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review via AP)
In an email shared with Fox News, Costco president and CEO Craig Jelinek said the warehouse is “closely monitoring the changing situation, and complying with public health guidance.”
Fox News’ Alexandra Deabler contributed to this report.