PARAMUS, N.J. — To allow more time for sales associates to unload deliveries, stock shelves, and better serve our customers throughout the day, Stop & Shop has adjusted its hours of operation to 7:30 a.m. — 8 p.m. at most stores beginning Monday, March 16.

Effective Thursday, March 19, Stop & Shop will create hours specifically geared to accommodate customers 60 and older.  Stop & Shop stores will open from 6 a.m to 7:30 a.m for customers over the age of 60 who the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say are most vulnerable.

Stop & Shop is making the decision to allow community members in this age group to shop in a less crowded environment, which better enables social distancing.

Although Stop & shop will not be requesting identification for entry, they request that we all respect the purpose of the early opening. Stop & Shop will reserve the right to ask customers to leave if they are not a member of this age group.

Stop & Shop is continuing to maintain high levels of hygiene and sanitation in its stores and online operations. We’re also taking additional measures during this time, which include wiping down checkout areas, including the belts and pin pads with disinfectant more frequently. Stop & Shop continues to follow guidance from the CDC to help keep our customers and associates safe.