Stop & Shop clears way for seniors

An employee of the Vineyard Haven Stop & Shop has tested positive for COVID-19. – Gabrielle Mannino

With people over 60 and those with underlying medical conditions being the most susceptible to novel coronavirus, which causes the COVID-19 disease, Stop & Shop has a plan to keep its older customers safe.

Beginning Thursday morning, March 19, between 6 am and 7:30 am, the supermarket chain, which has stores in Edgartown and Vineyard Haven, is opening its doors to customers 60 and older, according to a press release. 

“We’re making the decision to offer this every day of the week to allow for community members in this age category to shop in a less crowded environment, which better enables social distancing,” the release states. “They’ll also be shopping prior to any other customers entering.”

Stop & Shop won’t be carding customers, but they’re asking the public to respect the purpose of the early opening. “Store associates do reserve the right to ask customers to leave if they are not a member of this age group,” the release states.

Stop & Shop had already reduced its hours from 7:30 am to 8 pm chainwide to allow employees time to unload deliveries, restock shelves and “to take some time for rest,” the release states.


  1. Now I’m confused and not because I’m a senior. We can shop from when? 6 am to 7:30 pm? Or 6 to 7:30 AM? Please make a correction. And fire your proof-reader.

    • doggie– no mistakes about that if we switched to military time.. it really is much more practical.

      • I don’t get up then. I used to be a morning person. I’ve done everything else, and now I take my oral chemotherapy when I go to bed. It helps me sleep poorly, ruins my liver, weakens my bones, and whatever else. But it keeps me walking around on top of the dirt, so mostly I enjoy each moment. By 6:30 military time I crash into my best sleep of the day. However, I will guess that they have cleaned the store and it will be safest for people with medical problems or just old like me. So I hope to go then. Thank you Stop and Shop!

        • Hey Snowstar – sleep is surely one of the most important things you can do for your health. Would you consider letting someone do your shopping and drop it off at your doorstep?

  2. Does this not qualify as ageism? This is discriminatory of non-seniors. Age is a protected class…..That being said, I’m being the devils advocate here. The truth is that no blanket policy can possibly cover all situations. Allowing seniors to shop early is the decent thing to do and I agree with the policy. Not everything is black and white…..

    • I don’t see it as ageism. Not when the virus discriminates based on age. It’s just necessary. We have a lot of seniors on MV to look out for. They should allow those with serious medical considerations in, too, though that would also have to be done on the honor system. I’d like to think no one would take advantage, but after seeing how many Americans made day drinking at bars a priority this week…

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