Walmart is once again scaling back its operational hours to help ensure associates can clean and stock products.
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Walmart U.S. Dacona Smith made the announcement online.
“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,” Smith says. “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.”
When talking about the hour change prior to this one, Smith says “We’re pleased with the results we are seeing and will take additional steps beginning Thursday, March 19.”
Walmart stores along with Neighborhood Markets will operate from 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,” Smith says. “While the store hours change for customers, our associates will continue to have access to their regular scheduled shifts and full hours.”
Special Shopping Hours
Since the elderly population is stated to be more vulnerable to COVID-19, Walmart is offering special shopping hours solely for them.
From March 24 through April 28, Walmart stores will host an hour-long senior shopping event every Tuesday for customers aged 60 and older. This will start one hour before the store opens. Walmart Pharmacies and Vision Centers will also be open during this time.
Walmart is also placing limits for how many items customers can buy in certain categories including paper products, milk, eggs, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, water, diapers, wipes, formula and baby food.
Walmart will temporarily shut down their Auto Care Centers to allow “associates to focus on stocking and cleaning in the rest of the store.”
Vision Centers will operate on their normal schedule, providing essential services only such as glasses repair and helping customers pick up existing orders. “We will have at least one associate to serve the needs of our Vision Care customers, while the other associates will help in the rest of the store,” Smith says.
Smith goes on to say “I think every one of us has had to adjust our daily routines in some way, and it’s likely that could continue. We are paying very close attention to our stores and communities and will continue making the necessary changes to help make sure our associates are taken care of and that our customers can get what they need. Let’s all take care of each other out there.”