The nation’s largest retailer, Walmart, is reducing its store hours during the coronavirus outbreak to allow its employees to clean and restock.
As the coronavirus and concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak spread, Walmart, the United States’ largest retailer, is reducing the hours its stores are open.
Effective Sunday, Walmart stores and its Neighborhood Markets across the country will be open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. until further notice, the company announced late Saturday.
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By reducing the hours the store is open to the public, Walmart’s associates will be "able to stock the products our customers are looking for and to perform cleaning and sanitizing," the company said.
Stores already operating under more reduced hours — including those that regularly close at 10 p.m. or open at 7 a.m. — will keep their current hours of operation, Walmart said.
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The announcement comes a day after Lakeland, Fla.-based Publix Super Markets moved to close its stores at 8 p.m. daily "to better serve our customers, give our store teams time to conduct additional preventive sanitation and restock product on our shelves."
As of 10 a.m. Sunday, neither Jacksonville-based Winn-Dixie nor Target had announced changes to its operating hours.
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