Grocery stores with special hours, online ordering or curbside pickup
A good strategy right now, especially for people over 60 or with underlying health issues, is to do your grocery shopping online with delivery or pickup outside the store. Another alternative is to shop at grocery stores that provide a window of time just for seniors to shop.
Lakewood residents (60+) who are without transportation or residents of any age with a physical or mental disability can get free rides within limited boundaries. Residents who are currently registered for meal pickup and traveled to Weingart Senior Center on DASH may sign up to have the meals delivered by DASH instead. DASH has instituted social distancing on its vehicles to protect riders and drivers.
DASH is also accepting reservations for a new "early hours shopping" program to assist and transport senior clients to grocery stores that offer designated hours for the elderly before the rest of the public is invited inside. For a schedule and more information about this free service, or to register, call city staff at (562) 924-0149, Mon.-Fri. 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Lakewood city staff have researched what’s available in Lakewood and compiled the list below, which is current as of April 3.
Note: We haven’t tested how well each service works or how accurate each description is in practice. Also, we are hearing reports that delivery or pickup slots are filled for several days ahead due to the increased demand, so try to place orders as early as possible.
Due to the requirements of the Public Health Order, face masks must be worn in order to enter any essential business establishment. Social distancing must continue to be observed in line or throughout the store as well.
- Albertson’s (5015 Del Amo Blvd.): The community is encouraged to respect 7 to 9 a.m. Mon.-Fri. hours for seniors to shop, although store is still open for all then. Special courtesy is given to seniors so they don’t have to wait in line whenever possible.
- Costco (Lakewood Center): As of May 4, Costco will open its doors for members 60 years and older, and people with disabilities, Monday through Friday from 9 - 10 a.m. Guests will not be admitted. The pharmacy will also be open during the special hour. Seniors can come to the front of the line to enter the store at any time, and get help shopping if requested. During regular hours, Costco will allow no more than two people to enter the warehouse with each membership card. This temporary change is for the safety of members and employees. Online ordering and delivery also available.
- Ralph’s (5951 Del Amo Blvd.): Online ordering with storefront pickup. Ralph’s will offer exclusive shopping for seniors 60 & older from 6 to 7:30 a.m. daily.
- Smart & Final (4237 Woodruff Ave.): Tuesdays and Thursdays 6 - 8 a.m. is reserved for shoppers 60 years and older, expectant mothers, those with disabilities and first responders in the medical field. Online ordering and delivery at Smartandfinal.com.
- Sprouts (4253 Woodruff Ave.): Dedicated shopping hour on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 - 8 a.m. for those who are 60 years or older. Online ordering and delivery available.
- Target (Lakewood Center): Tuesdays and Wednesdays 8 - 9 a.m. reserved for seniors 65+ and coronavirus-vulnerable guests. The CVS pharmacy inside will also be open during these special hours. Online order and delivery, and pickup outside of the store are also available.
- Vons (4226 Woodruff Ave. & 5050 Woodruff Ave.): Same policy and senior-hours as Albertson’s (their corporate partner).
- Walmart (2770 Carson St.): Walmart stores will host an hour-long senior shopping event every Tuesday for customers aged 60 and older from 6 - 7 a.m. Their pharmacies and vision centers will also be open during this time. Online ordering with storefront pickup also available.
- Winco Foods (3400 E. South St.): Winco will temporarily reserve 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays for shoppers who are 60 years and older, other vulnerable populations and WinCo employees. (Employee access is intended to help those who are working long hours.)
Some restaurants are also offering grocery supplies that can be ordered for pick up or delivery. Check their websites or call for details on the items or kits they have available.
- California Pizza Kitchen (500 Lakewood Center Mall #125) 562-633-0854
- Cassidy's Corner Cafe (11132 Del Amo Blvd) 562-860-1171
- Foggia Italian Market & Deli (5522 Del Amo Blvd) 562-627-0987
- George's Greek Cafe (5252 Faculty Ave) 562-529-5800
- Sunrise Cafe (4101 Lakewood Blvd) 562-377-1234
- Stonefire Grill (4325 Del Amo Blvd) 562-232-2000
Another option is to use an online service like Instacart to shop a variety of stores using one account. Go to https://www.instacart.com and you'll be asked for your zip code and email address to get started, and then choose a store to select items.
InstaCart does have a $10 minimum order and a $2 service fee. Tips are optional but it is automatically set to $2.
Place your order early in the day for the best chance to get the items you want. There is also a grocery pickup option, but it requires that you travel outside Lakewood.
Please continue to check our main page for Lakewood-specific coronavirus information and resources at www.lakewoodcity.org/COVID19.