GROCERY SHOPPING: Last Saturday before stay-home order expires

Less than a week before the about-to-expire Stay Home/Stay Healthy order kicked in, we started tracking local standalone grocery stores’ hours and policies – updating this list since March 18th. Every Saturday after that, starting March 21st, we’ve published a grocery-shopping update. After several stores/chains expanded their hours in the past few weeks, no changes are reported this week. One store has an update of note: PCC West Seattle notes that “as we prepare for Phase 2 of the re-opening of our counties, we will keep our stores at 30% capacity. We appreciate your patience should you need to wait briefly before shopping.” P.S. Even if your store’s not crowded, health authorities continue to stress that grocery shopping is an important time to wear your face covering. … Anything different at YOUR favorite store this week?

13 Replies to "GROCERY SHOPPING: Last Saturday before stay-home order expires"

  • Shelby May 30, 2020 (8:35 am)

    The Admiral Safeway now has a Drive Up and Go service, which allows you to place an order online and then pick it up at the store. They will bring it out to your car, so you don’t have to enter the store. Someone else can pick it up for you, too.

    • C.A. May 30, 2020 (9:18 am)

      I’m not seeing that location as an option when I load the web site or app. Am I missing something? How would you go about placing an online order for pickup at the Admiral location?

      • drew May 30, 2020 (12:35 pm)

        Go to the home screen on the Safeway app at the upper top left it should say: Pick up: your zip code and EDIT in red. Hit EDIT it will take you to a screen with your ZIP Code that you have entered or enter a ZIP Code there and then click the red arrow. On the next screen you are able to choose which location you would like to pick up from. I just happened to be placing an order on the app when I saw your question! I have used the pick up service a couple of times with pretty good success. Some items have been missing because they are out of stock but you have the option on each item to request replacement items, preferences, specifics etc. and the parking spots are convenient in the upper rooftop parking lot. It’s pretty easy!

      • ACG May 30, 2020 (1:36 pm)

        You need to download the “Safeway Delivery and Pick up” App- It is separate from the Safeway App. I’m sure there is a way to do it from the internet on a computer, but I haven’t tried that. I’ve only used the app. 

        • C.A May 30, 2020 (4:00 pm)

          Thank you, Drew & ACG! I appreciate the added info and help. ☺️

  • Trickycoolj May 30, 2020 (9:39 am)

    Switched Costco run duties in our house and I went shopping at Costco for the first time since February. It wasn’t scary at all. It was actually pleasant and the level of people inside being less than the typical busy times I used to have to shop back in the before times. I was able to really follow my list and get our bulk run done. I will say check your produce carefully got nailed with some rotten strawberries and most the zucchini I picked up was moldy. So lots of game time decision making. I was happy to see so many familiar employee faces  and they seemed to be doing well all things considered and really had their system down inside the store and at the gas and car wash. Also got a taste of the level of traffic around West Marginal and HP Way it was unreal for 11am on a Thursday and the 1st ave bridge went up. For 11 am the line to get on the bridge looked like the 7:30am line in the before times. This was my first taste at my future commute and it’s going to be very ugly. 

  • Conjunction Junction May 30, 2020 (11:05 am)

    A week ago I noticed that all the Safeways had moved away from having a helper at the door, wiping carts, and monitoring the doors.  There were also a lot more people in Costco yesterday, they weren’t limiting people when I got there, just after opening, and you could tell inside, and the lines were really long for registers.

  • R May 30, 2020 (12:06 pm)

    As of yesterday, Admiral Safeway has one-way aisles, but not a lot of people adhering by them. Literally every aisle had at least one person ignoring the conspicuous signs. The checker I had had her mask entirely too loose to be doing any good.

    • mrsB May 30, 2020 (12:29 pm)

      I was in Safeway yesterday and noticed several customers not wearing masks.  No one wiping carts and no wipes for customers to use.

    • Elton May 30, 2020 (1:48 pm)

      The one-way aisles at Safeway have been marked as such for at least a couple of weeks, but people have indeed been ignoring them.

  • ColesMom May 30, 2020 (2:25 pm)

    Yesterday I went to a grocery store (Trader Joes) for the 1st time in 2.5 months & found it to be orchestrated very well .. carts wiped down, no more than 75 customers in the store at a time, everyone wearing a mask, all the employees were extremely kind & helpful.  I felt completely comfortable being there, they’re doing a great job so Thanks Trader Joe’s its very much appreciated.  I hope all the stores & their patrons continue to be mindful of safety concerns as the restrictions continue to ease.  I know people are tired of  living like hobbits  .. things are improving out there but we need to remember the Virus didn’t just go away.  So lets be mindful & respectfully care for each other by practicing good social protocol when out & about. 

  • Onion May 30, 2020 (2:51 pm)

    I was in Admiral Safeway on Thursday and didn’t even notice the one way markers. Not crowded and minimal lines, which is unusual at Safeway any time at that location. They seem to have more checkers lately.

  • Bill May 30, 2020 (3:15 pm)

    Roxbury Safeway had both doors open this week — instead of just the south door which was a real bottleneck for several weeks – people going in AND out along with the carts being pushed back in to the inside – south side of the entrance and people getting carts — kind of all on top of each other!

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