Encinitas grocer, other local markets set aside hours for elderly, disabled

North Coast Current

Local grocery stores are reserving special time for elderly and disabled shoppers as residents hunker down during the coronavirus outbreak.

Medical. (Photo by Hush Naidoo, Unsplash)Cardiff Seaside Market is among the independent grocers and chain outlets to announce this week that they will set aside hours for these shoppers.

“We welcome you to visit our stores later in the morning to allow at-risk populations the ability to purchase the items they need,” Cardiff Seaside management said in a thank-you note to customers. “We also encourage the community to reach out to their neighbors. Now is the time to provide a helping hand to those in need as many are unable to shop for their essential needs without exposing themselves to risk.”

Regional supermarket Gelson’s also made a similar announcement as did Smart & Final and Albertsons, which owns Vons, Pavilions and Albertsons stores.

With items such as fresh produce, frozen foods, water and toilet paper selling out, stores are trying to balance access for a range of residents.

“We are sensitive to the fact that everyone wants to make sure they have the items they need, and we also know that everyone wants their neighbors to stay safe and healthy, too,” Albertsons President and CEO Vivek Sankaran said in the company’s announcement. “We are asking our customers to respect these special hours for those who are most at risk in our communities.”

Here is a list of stores offering special hours:


Cardiff Seaside Market

Reserved time: 7-8 a.m.

Shoppers: age 65 and older; disabled

2087 San Elijo Ave., Cardiff-by-the-Sea



Reserved time: 7-8 a.m.

Shoppers: senior citizens

7660 El Camino Real, Carlsbad

2707 Via de la Valle Place, Del Mar


Smart & Final

Reserved time: 7:30-8 a.m.

Shoppers: age 65 and older; disabled; pregnant

479 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas

955 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad

1737 Oceanside Blvd., Oceanside

770 W. San Marcos Blvd., San Marcos



Reserved time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7-9 a.m.

262 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas

453 Santa Fe Drive, Cardiff-by-the-Sea

931 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach

2606 Del Mar Heights Rd, Del Mar

3439 Via Montebello, Carlsbad

6951 El Camino Real, Carlsbad

2560 El Camino Real, Carlsbad

985 Tamarack Ave., Carlsbad

845 College Blvd., Oceanside



Reserved time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7-9 a.m.

3450 Marron Road, Oceanside

3925 Mission Ave., Oceanside

4150 Oceanside Blvd., Oceanside

1929 W. San Marcos Blvd., San Marcos

1571 San Elijo Road S., San Marcos

151 Woodland Parkway, San Marcos



Reserved time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7-9 a.m.

3850 Valley Centre Drive, San Diego (Carmel Valley)


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