Local grocery stores adjust hours, set aside shopping time for seniors in response to COVID-19

Hen House has reserved its first hour of operation each day for shopping by seniors and people with disabilities.

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Two local grocery store chains have announced changes to their hours of operation and schedules in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

HyVee announced on Tuesday that its grocery stores will shift to an 8 a.m.-8 p.m. starting Thursday, March 19. The stores will close at 8 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, March 18. The move applies to every one of the chain’s stores in its eight-state market.

“These shortened hours will allow our employees additional time to clean and sanitize all areas of the store, as well as time to restock the items that are in highest demand,” read a statement from the corporate office. “Operating with shorter store hours also will allow our employees additional time to care for their families and loved ones.”

HyVee is reserving the time from 7-8 a.m. each day for customers age 60 and up, expecting mothers and people with underlying conditions.

Similarly, Hen House has announced that all of its stores will close at 8 p.m. for the time being. The store has set aside 6-7 a.m. for senior citizens and guests with disabilities.

In addition to these efforts, Cosentino’s Markets announced on its Facebook page that if someone has been laid off due to COVID-19, Cosentino’s is hiring. This also applies to its sister stores, such as the Price Chopper locations in northeast Johnson County. To search for a job opening, visit this link.

UPDATE: Cosentino’s Markets on Thursday announced that its stores are implementing new hours starting this evening, March 19. The stores are closing at 8 p.m. to allow staff to clean and sanitize overnight, restock and let employees have some down time. The following Johnson County stores are affected by this change:

  • Cosentino’s Price Chopper, 7418 W. 119th Street
  • Cosentino’s Price Chopper, 3700 W. 95th Street
  • Cosentino’s Price Chopper, 22210 W. 66th Street
  • Cosentino’s Market, 8051 W. 160th Street

Additionally, starting Friday, March 20, Cosentino’s asks that customers help them reserve 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. for those at high-risk including expectant mothers, immunosuppressed customers and the disabled.

Juliana Garcia contributed to this reporting.