We’ve rounded up what we know so far about these hours, although some grocers have not defined the age minimum for being classified as a senior.
Here’s the latest update on specialized shopping hours for seniors and high-risk people:
- Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market: First hour of shopping every day
- Target: First hour of shopping on Wednesdays
- Giant: Individuals who are age 60 or above and people with compromised immune systems between 6-7 a.m.
- Safeway (Hunters Woods and South Lakes Village Centers): Between 7-9 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, according to store representatives
- Walgreens: Tuesdays from 8-9 a.m., also open to caregivers and immediate families
- Trader Joe’s: Mondays from 9-10 a.m.
- Whole Foods Market: The location at 11660 Plaza America Drive opens at 8 am., but guests age 60 and above can shop at 7 a.m.
- Though MOM’s Organic Market in Herndon isn’t hosting specialized hours yet, a store staffer said that headquarters is considering options to keep shoppers safe.
- Sprouts Farmers Market in Herndon does not have special hours, a customer service representative said.
We’ll update this list as we hear from more local businesses about next steps.
Ashley Hopko contributed reporting
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A Georgia resident was arrested for pretending to be a doctor and prescription fraud late last week.
Xavier Knowles, 22, was arrested on Friday, July 12 at a local Giant (2551 John Milton Drive). Police said he tried to pass a fraudulent prescription was stopped by officers as he left the store.
Knowles was charged with three counts of assuming the title of doctor and selling or distributing a schedule-V narcotic, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.
FCPD’s Reston District Station also reported the following incidents in recent days:
11900 block of Barrel Cooper Court, cell phone from vehicle
1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, property from vehicle2500 block of Centreville Road, wallet from location
12000 block of Edgemere Circle, license plate from vehicle
2300 block of Glen Echo Road, charger from vehicle
11600 block of Hunters Green Court, keys from vehicle
2300 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, groceries from business
2500 block of John Milton Drive, beer from business
1400 block of Powells Tavern Place, necklace from residence
11800 block of Spectrum Center, beer from business
11800 block of Sunrise Valley Drive, keys from location
700 block of Walker Road, wallet from location
1900 block of Weybridge Lane, 2017 Toyota Prius
In an unrelated incident, someone entered a garage on the 1100 block of Round Pebble Lane on Saturday, July 13 at around 9 a.m.
A bicycle was taken. The individual also entered a car parked in the driveway, but nothing was taken from the car.
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The food pantry at South Lakes High School, which was established by the school’s PTSA in 2017, is now offering healthy eating workshops.
The workshops are funded by a $7,000 Delta Dream Grant from the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and aim to educate students about healthy eating.
Recently, nutritionist Kristen McGill of Giant Food gave a cooking demonstration and answered students’ question about how to eat healthy on a budget. Students learned about differing cutting techniques, how to make vegetarian chili, and the best and fastest way to cook rice. She also walked students through sources of healthy fats.
Students were given goodie bags with coupons, avocados, a wooden spoon, and informational material on healthy eating on a budget.
The pantry was created to help students who are eligible for free and reduced-price meals — nearly 30 percent of the student population. The pantry is also open to South Lakes Pyramid students and their families.
Currently, the pantry needs the items below. Drop-offs are accepted at the school’s main office.
- Canned goods
- Boxed or dry goods
- Cooking oil
- Laundry detergent, dish soap
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Korean grocery chain H Mart will hold its grand opening this Saturday in the Elden Street Marketplace.
Located at 1228 Elden Street, H Mart is taking the spot vacated by Giant Food in November after it relocated to Centreville Road.
H Mart, which is operated by the Hanahreum Group in New Jersey, describes itself a “one-stop shop for everything Asian and more.” The grocery chain has more than 60 stores across 12 states, including California, Illinois, Georgia and New York.
The Herndon opening will mark H Mart’s seventh store in Virginia, with stores already in Falls Church, Annadale and Fairfax, according to the website.
The grand opening starts at 9 a.m. on Dec. 22 and will include free gifts for its Smart Card members and giveaways.
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A grocery store shuffle is underway in Herndon following the departure of local Shoppers locations.
Giant Food at 1228 Elden Street has officially closed its doors and relocated to Centreville Road as of today, roughly 1.3 miles away from the former location. The store opened at 6 a.m. today, a customer service representative told Reston Now. The Elden Street location closed at midnight.
The new location at 2425 Centreville Road was previously occupied by Shoppers. H-Mart, a Korean grocery store operated by the Hanahreum Group in New Jersey, is scheduled to move into the Elden Street location. No opening date has been confirmed yet.
Giant Food has announced plans to move into other abandoned Shoppers stores. Shoppers closures went into effect after the parent company announced an intentional shift to move the business from retail to wholesale.
Photos via Giant Food
Giant Food is opening a new location in Herndon, according to an announcement by the company today.
The new grocery store is located at 2425 Centreville Road and will open on Nov. 9. It takes up space formerly occupied by Shoppers.
The company issued the following statement announcing the opening:
“Our team is very happy to have the opportunity to invest in two new stores in Virginia, a market Giant has had a presence in for 77 years,” said Gordon Reid, president of Giant Food. “Both stores in Herndon and Alexandria will feature excellent selections and offerings for shoppers, such as a delicious hot food bar, larger produce department, expanded ethnic and international food selections and full-service deli, seafood, meat and floral departments. These stores are an exciting piece of our ongoing expansion and improvement initiatives.”
Customers who shop at 1228 Elden Street will not experience any interruption in service due to the opening, according to company officials.
However, the company does plan to shutter the Elden Street location at Elden Street Marketplace soon.
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