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Local Grocery Stores offering special hours for seniors

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As health officials recommend residents, especially seniors, stay home to avoid contracting COVID-19, some Mission Viejo grocery stores can be accessed online (Ralphs, Albertsons, Pavilions) and are offering delivery service. Wait times and fees vary by store.

For seniors who must occasionally venture out, here is a list of stores offering special hours in place to help the most vulnerable population stay safe from COVID-19. Note hours may change without notice so please check with individual stores for the most updated information.



In Mission Viejo:

  • Ralphs (all locations) is open daily from 6-7:30 am for seniors 65 and older.
  • Pavilions is open from 7-9 am Monday - Friday for 65 and older.
  • Trader Joe’s is open daily from 8-9 am for seniors 60 and older.
  • Albertsons is open from 7-9 am Monday - Friday for seniors 65 and older.
  • Smart & Final is open from 6-8 am Tuesday & Thursday for seniors 65 and older.
  • Target is open from 8-9 am Tuesday & Wednesday for seniors 65 and older.

Outside Mission Viejo:

  • Costco Laguna Niguel offers senior hours for seniors 60+ shopping every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8-9 am.
  • Walmart in Rancho Santa Margarita (RSM) is open for seniors 65 and older on Tuesdays from 6-7 am.
  • Gelson’s (RMV) is open daily from 7-8 am for seniors 60 and older.
  • Whole Foods in Laguna Niguel is open daily from 7-8 am for seniors 60 and older.

The City does offer a home delivered meal program for Seniors that can be accessed by calling 470-3063. “Take-out” meals can also be picked up in-person at the Norman P. Murray Community & Senior Center through this program.

For any of your needs you can call the Murray Community & Senior Center at 470-3062. Voicemails will be returned promptly. Or you can email staff directly at: rcs@cityofmissionviejo.org.

For more information during the COVID-19 crisis, visit our dedicated webpage.

Comments

Submitted by pj traettino on Thu, 03/26/2020 - 5:45 pm

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I was at Pavilions on Marguerite at 8am yesterday, There were more non-seniors than seniors, and so far as I could tell--seniors got NO extra help, consideration or privileges, So where is the benefit?. I was told to pack my own bags if I didn't want to pay extra for the store's bags. I packed my own bags... And I was told this was to protect the workers from (my) customer’s germs. This was said as 2 cashier/packers breathed 2 ft away from me. I'll be 79 June 30 but felt intimidated.

Submitted by Susan Belson on Thu, 03/26/2020 - 7:18 pm

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I appreciate the stores opening early for seniors. I know some younger people shop for older family members, so keep that in mind. If the food supply broke down, we'd be hysterical... give thanks to the workers & drivers.

Submitted by Cynthia Tyler on Thu, 03/26/2020 - 9:34 pm

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Yes, much thanks and appreciation should be given to those store clerks who have been working relentlessly, and politely during this unnerving time. We as customers should be polite and courteous also.

Submitted by Nicole Chartier on Fri, 03/27/2020 - 1:06 pm

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i know the early hours the stores opened for seniors, but is there anyone that delivers the orders???? Thank you and stay safe.

Submitted by City Staff on Sat, 03/28/2020 - 9:38 am

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Some of the grocery stores in Mission Viejo offer a delivery service and can be accessed online (Ralphs, Albertsons, Pavilions). Wait times and fees may vary from store-to-store.

The City does offer a home delivered meal program for Seniors that can be accessed by calling 470-3063. “Take-out” meals can also be picked up in-person at the Norman P. Murray Community & Senior Center through this program.

For any of your needs you can call the Norman P Murray Community & Senior Center at 470-3062. Voicemails will be returned promptly. Or you can email staff directly at: rcs@cityofmissionviejo.org.

Submitted by Pat Purdy on Thu, 04/02/2020 - 4:17 pm

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I went to Walmart in Rancho Santa Margarita today (Thursday) for the senior hours and it was closed. A sign on the door says that senior hours are 6-7am on Tuesday only.

Submitted by Robert Riell on Sun, 04/05/2020 - 3:13 pm

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This article was helpful. However, during the past 2 weeks, several of the stores have revised their hours, as well as other parameters. For example, at Trader Joe's a Senior is 60+, not 65+, and the hours for this group is 8 am - 9 am daily, (not 9-10 am as previously reported). It might be nice to have this information updated weekly, as this pandemic is causing our local retailers to make adjustments more frequently.

Submitted by Eileen Halverson on Tue, 04/07/2020 - 2:55 pm

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We have tried several times in the last three weeks to do online and pick up orders at Pavilions, Whole foods and Ralph’s. No luck there. Went to Pavillions during senior hours and couldn’t even find cornstarch. So it seems that grocers are still having issues keeping shelves stocked. Wee too found several no seniors in line during senior hours. Hopefully they are all shopping for senior family.

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