Grocery stores open early to accommodate senior citizens during COVID-19 pandemic

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Stater Bros. employees pass out free water bottles to seniors waiting in the line to shop for groceries during a specified time before normal store hours for those who are more at risk of the coronavirus. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
Grocery stores around the region are changing some store hours to allow seniors to shop early, so that they can beat the rush and get the supplies they need. Temecula, Murrieta, Fallbrook and surrounding areas have posted fliers in-person and online detailing which stores will be accommodating the new hour changes. At the Stater Bros. Market, 31813 Temecula Parkway, in Temecula, the store will begin opening at 7:45 a.m., 15 minutes earlier than the 8 a.m. start time for those 65 and older. Ashley Valenzuela, a Stater Bros. Markets employee, said that while it isn’t much time, it has had some benefits for seniors. “It’s helped them get their paper products,” Valenzuela said. A group of senior citizens form a l
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