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Local grocery stores across the county are opening their doors a bit earlier to give seniors, people with disabilities, or compromised immune systems their own time to pace the aisles and shop for essentials.

Northgate Market, a supermarket chain specializing in Hispanic grocery items, and Baron’s Market were some of the first grocery stores to offer senior hours. Since then more have followed suit.

Here is a full list of grocery stores offering special hours:

Northgate announced it would give seniors 65 and older and people with disabilities a whole hour to themselves from 7 to 8 a.m. The market will remain open to the general public until 8 p.m.

VonsAlbertsons, and Safeway will reserve every Tuesday and Thursday from 7 to 9 a.m. to "vulnerable shoppers" which includes pregnant women, persons with compromised immune systems or senior citizens.

Walmart stores will be adjusting their hours from March 24 through April 28 to serve seniors ages 60 and older. Every Tuesday Walmart will open one hour before regular opening schedule to accommodate them..

Baron’s Market announced seniors ages 65 or older and people with disabilities will have the store to themselves from 9 to 10 a.m.

Target announced the first hour of shopping every Wednesday will be reserved for seniors and those with underlying health concerns.

Whole Foods will service seniors ages 60 or older an hour before opening.

Costco's local stores announced special operating hours for members ages 60 or older. Hours will be 8 to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Smart and Final said they will be opening stores 30 minutes early, from 7:30 to 8 a.m. to accommodate shoppers ages 65 years or older, customers with disabilities and pregnant women.

Stater Bros. Markets has modified their store hours from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and will open their doors early to seniors ages 65 and older starting at 7:45 a.m.