Several Detroit grocery stores adopt senior shopping hours

  • Effort Led by Councilman Scott Benson and Department of Neighborhoods


Detroit seniors can now shop at a number of Detroit grocery stories during special hours, thanks in part to the efforts of City Councilmember Scott Benson and several City agencies -- the Department of Neighborhoods, Health Department and Office of Contracting and Procurement.

The stores, mostly on Detroit’s east side in District 3, have designated senior-only shopping hours to support and protect senior citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic. The list of participating stores includes seven eastside locations and four westside locations including Meijer.

Sam Shina, owner of Imperial Markets, said “Our grocery family of employees are proud to be able to support our customers during these tough times.” 

To ensure the grocery stores in the program can keep their staff and senior shoppers safe, the Detroit Bus Company is providing a donation of hand sanitizer for store employees.

“This is an important way to keep some of our most vulnerable residents safe while doing a basic household errand that we typically take for granted,” said Benson, who represents District 3. 

“Seniors are often at higher risk of experiencing life threatening symptoms from COVID-19,” said Chief Public Health Officer Denise Fair, Detroit Health Department. “I applaud Councilman Scott Benson in spearheading this important effort in partnership with grocery store owners, to prioritize the health of older adults in our community and accommodate their needs particularly in these uncertain times.”

Kayana Sessoms, District 3 Deputy District Manager for the Department of Neighborhoods, said, “We are always looking for ways to improve the quality of life for our residents.”    

The following stores have committed to supporting senior only shopping hours during the hours and days listed below.  Please contact the stores directly if you have any questions.



Imperial Fresh Market, 1940 E. 8 Mile Road, (313) 366-0670
8 - 9 a.m.

Imperial Fresh Market (Krown Market), 5800 Caniff Street, (313) 893-1414
8 - 9 a.m.

Joe Randazzo’s Fruits & Vegetables, 5240 E. Outer Drive, (313) 892-0093
6 - 7 a.m.

Farmer John Food Center, 9731 Harper Avenue, (313) 921-0015
8 - 9 a.m.

7 Mile Foods Inc. 8139 E. 7 Mile Road (313) 893-8888
8 - 9 a.m. (Thursday only)

New Merchant Food Center, 2819 E. 7 Mile Road, (313) 368-2270
8 - 9 a.m.



Imperial Fresh Market, 14424 Schaefer Hwy., (313) 934-0325
8 - 9 a.m.

Apollo Market Place, 20250 W. 7 Mile Road, (313) 538-0000
8 - 9 a.m.

Meijer, 21431 Grand River, (313) 778-7700
7 - 8 a.m. (Tuesday & Thursday)

Meijer, 1301 W. 8 Mile Road, (313) 369-5200
7 - 8 a.m. (Tuesday & Thursday)


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