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Costco reverses course, will keep senior shopping hours

Weeks after announcing it would bring the pandemic-era program to an end, Costco announced Monday that it would continue its special early-morning shopping hours for senior citizens indefinitely.

The hitch? The hours are being reduced to two days a week, according to a company update.

“Effective July 26, 2021, Costco warehouses in the U.S. and Puerto Rico are open for Special Operating Hours from 9 to 10 a.m., Tuesday and Thursday,” the company said as part of its update related to coronavirus.

The special operating hours are for those 60 and older, and for those with disabilities or who are immunocompromised — considered the most vulnerable to COVID-19. Guests will not be admitted.

Costco Chief Financial Officer Richard Galanti told Gannett, “Instead of discontinuing, we’ll maintain hours for seniors Tuesdays and Thursdays, until further notice.”

Staff reports from The San Joaquin Valley Sun staff.