Walmart is once again changing its hours of operation to accommodate its customers and government directives during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Our associates have been nothing short of heroic in their commitment to serve customers, stock shelves as quickly as possible and keep their stores clean,” said Decona Smith, Chief Operating Officer of the company. “When their communities needed them the most, our people have been at their best. Their efforts continue to be a tremendous source of pride for everyone at Walmart.”
Walmart U.S. stores will adjust operating hours to 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Stores that open later than 7 a.m. will continue their regular starting hours. This will further help associates restock the shelves for customers while continuing to clean and sanitize the store. While the store hours change for customers, our associates will continue to have access to their regular scheduled shifts and full hours.
The chain will also offer seniors only shopping hours.
“We know our older customers could be more vulnerable to the coronavirus and to better support them, Walmart is offering special shopping hours. From March 24 through April 28, Walmart stores will host an hour-long senior shopping event every Tuesday for customers aged 60 and older,” she added. “This will start one hour before the store opens. Our Pharmacies and Vision Centers will also be open during this time.”
To ensure all customers have access to the key items they are looking for, Walmart stores will have limits for customers in certain categories including paper products, milk, eggs, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, water, diapers, wipes, formula and baby food.
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“Over the weekend we adjusted our operating hours to help make it easier for associates to stock and perform enhanced cleaning and sanitizing,” Smith said. “We’re pleased with the results we are seeing and will take additional steps beginning Thursday, March 19.”