Grocery stores changing hours; what you need to know

Jonathan Roberts • Mar 17, 2020 at 6:30 PM

As fear of the novel coronavirus sparks panic bulk purchases, chain and local grocery stores and are altering their hours in response to COVID-19 to allow employees more time to disinfect stores and restock shelves.

Here’s a list of store hours of various grocery stores in our region.

Grocery store hours:

Aldi: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Dollar General: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dollar General is dedicating the first hour of operations to senior shoppers, one of the groups most vulnerable to COVID-19.

Food City: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Food Lion: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Ingles: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Kroger: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Price Less Foods: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Publix: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Sam’s Club: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Target: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

United Grocery Outlet (Johnson City): Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Elizabethton store open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays).

Walmart: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

To report any changes to these hours or inaccuracies, email [email protected]

What they’re saying: While nearly every store has adjusted their hours, only Dollar General and Food City have gone so far as to encourage shoppers to allow seniors to shop during the store’s first hour of business.

“Dollar General is strongly encouraging that the first hour of operations each day be dedicated solely for the shopping needs of senior customers, who are one of the groups most vulnerable to the COVID-19 coronavirus,” the retailer said in a statement. “In keeping with the Company’s mission of Serving Others, Dollar General wants to provide these at-risk customers with the ability to purchase the items they need and want at the beginning of each day to avoid busier and more crowded shopping periods.”

In a statement, Food City said the decision to cut store hours will “give our associates additional time to clean, sanitize and restock.”

“We are working diligently to continue to maintain stock levels to service our customers and are in constant communication with supply chain teams,” the statement read.

In a separate statement, Walmart said the hour adjustments “will help ensure associates are able to stock the products our customers are looking for and to perform cleaning and sanitizing.”

On Tuesday, Food City and Kroger announced hiring initiatives, with Kroger saying they’re hiring for “hundreds” of immediate positions. Food City said they’re looking to hire about 2,500 new employees in its stores.

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