Some grocery and drug stores open early for seniors, people with disabilities during COVID-19 emergency

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      Some retail chains and other stores are dedicating special hours to seniors and people with disabilities in the wake of reports about crowded outlets with panicked buyers and long lines during the national COVID-19 emergency.

      Today (March 17), Shoppers Drug Mart announced on Twitter that it would be reserving the first hour after opening every day, starting this week, for those with disabilities, seniors, and anyone requiring assistance or with underlying medical conditions that put them at increased risk.

      As well, the national chain, with more than 1,200 stores in Canada, announced that it would not be raising prices on items considered "essential".

      Some Twitter responders, however, disputed that claim, pointing to particular outlets where, they asserted, prices had been raised.

      Shoppers Drug Mart is owned by Loblaw Canada, which also runs Real Canadian Superstore and No Frills outlets.

      Some No Frills stores are also setting aside special shopping times for seniors and those who require assistance. Call to enquire about availability.