The supermarket chains Albert Heijn, Dirk and Dekamarkt have a so-called second elderly hour at fixed times of the day.

Plus, Jumbo and ALDI do not have that and let the retailers themselves determine when the hour is.

This is evident from inquiries by

Prime Minister Mark Rutte urged during his press conference last week that supermarkets make an hour available twice a day for the elderly and vulnerable people to be able to do their shopping in peace.

These elderly hours, for elderly people from seventy years, started on Monday.

Supermarket umbrella CBL announced on Friday that all supermarkets have an elderly hour between 07:00 and 08:00 in the morning.

The content of the second daily hour was left to the chains.

"We have chosen to do this for all branches from 08:00 to 09:00 in the morning," says a spokesman for market leader Albert Heijn.

Elderly organization ANBO criticized the elderly hour and also its early time.

"Every hour has advantages and disadvantages," says the AH spokesperson.

Dirk's more than 120 shops also have a fixed time during the second half of the day when the elderly can do their shopping, but they choose between 7 pm and 8 pm in the evening.

Stores communicate the times in-store and online

The almost eighty stores of Dekamarkt, another formula from the same parent company, choose, just like the stores of AH, to stretch the morning hour to two o'clock.

"We communicate this in-store, in newspaper ads and online," said a spokesperson.

A Plus spokesperson says that the approximately 270 stores themselves determine what they do.

"The needs for each area can differ greatly. For example, it has been agreed nationally that there will be an elderly hour from 7:00 to 8:00 in the morning, but if that is not pleasant for the local market, the shopkeepers may deviate from this. "

Jumbo and ALDI (five hundred stores) also let the retailers decide for themselves when they plan a second elderly hour.

In any case, the supermarkets communicate the times in the stores and online.