Here’s how Walmart, H-E-B, Costco and other department stores are changing their hours and policies in response to the coronavirus


As the new coronavirus continues to spread despite great social distancing efforts, grocery stores are stepping up their efforts to do more in their stores.

As of this week, Walmart will only allow five customers per 1,000 square feet.

H-E-B has already implemented social distancing in its stores by providing floor stickers to help customers know how far they should stay away from people nearby.

Here are the changes to the main grocery stores in Houston:


• Costco warehouses will be open according to a schedule modified according to the location. All pitches will close at 6.30pm, Monday to Friday.

• Until further notice, Costco warehouses will be open from 8:00 am to 9:00 am from Tuesday to Thursday for members aged 60 and over and for those with physical disabilities.

• Costco does not allow more than two people to enter the warehouse with each membership card.


• Fiesta stores will be open for adjusted business hours from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. until further notice.

• Buyers aged 65 or older will be able to enter stores to shop an hour earlier.


• H-E-B stores use a dedicated entrance to help monitor customer flow.

• Stores have placed stickers on the floor to inform shoppers of where to stand to practice proper social distancing.

• H-E-B has dedicated teams of partners and COVID action managers in each store who are trained to ensure that sanitation and social distancing procedures are properly followed.


• Adjusted hours of operation from 7 am to 10 pm in the Houston area.

• Kroger temporarily suspends product returns, with a few exceptions. Kroger will continue to replace or reimburse any fresh product, meat, seafood or deli product that does not meet its freshness standards.

Sam’s club

• Adjusted hours of operation Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday hours are the same from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• The first hours of shopping every Tuesday and Thursday from 7 am to 9 am for the elderly and people with disabilities or with weakened immune systems.

• During special shopping hours, members in need can place orders from their car when parked in a designated lot at the store location. Then, a Sam’s Club associate will retrieve the items from the list and the member will use Scan & Go to verify.

• As a precaution, in-store cafes are temporarily closed.


• Stores are open for adjusted hours from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

• As of March 18, all sales are final. Cabbages cannot offer rain checks or substitutes at this time.


• Target buyers will be measured to better practice social distancing. The number of people in store at a time will be limited depending on the specific area of ​​the store.

• Target does not temporarily accept any return or exchange of products in store.

• Target will provide all of its team members and Shipt customers with face masks and gloves.

Trader Joe’s

• Trader Joe’s stores will close at 7:00 p.m.

• Stores will dedicate the first opening hour every day to serving customers over the age of 60 and customers with disabilities who may need additional assistance when shopping.

• Until further notice, Trader Joe’s has suspended all food and beverage sampling in stores.


• Stores will now allow more than five customers per 1,000 square feet. Once capacity is reached, customers will be admitted on a “1 on 1” basis.

• Walmart is implementing a one-way movement in the aisles using floor markers and associate management.

• Once customers have left, they will be asked to exit through a different door than the one they entered, which should help reduce the number of people crossing closely.

Whole foods

• Whole Foods stores will be open at times adjusted by location.

• Special hours exclusively for those most at risk. Customers 60 and older can enter stores to shop an hour before the public.

• Whole Foods partners with Amazon to extend delivery and pickup options to buyers.

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