LIST: Stores announce changes to operating hours, services amid coronavirus concerns
Updated: Mar. 19, 2020 at 1:01 PM EDT
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Businesses across the Lowcountry have announced store hour changes due to concerns over coronavirus.
You’ll find a list below.
- BELK - TEMPORARILY CLOSED: Belk announced it will temporarily close their stores through March 30.
- BI-LO - 1ST HOUR FOR SENIORS, MODIFIED HOURS: Southeastern Grocers announced Thursday it is designating a special hour of shopping to seniors and high-risk customers from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., Monday through Friday, in all stores. BI-LO Pharmacy locations will open at 8 a.m. weekdays to provide prescription refills, influenza and pneumonia vaccines and customer counseling.
- DOLLAR GENERAL - 1ST HOUR TO SENIOR CITIZENS, CLOSING EARLY: Dollar General officials say their stores’ first hour of business will be dedicated for senior shoppers. Additionally, company officials say all stores plan to close one hour earlier than current close times to allow employees to clean and re-stock store shelves, as well as for their health and wellbeing.
- HARRIS TEETER - CLOSING EARLY: Harris Teeter stores will now be closing at 9 p.m. each night until further notice.
- HOME DEPOT - CLOSING EARLY: Home Depot will temporarily adjust its operating hours to close at 6 p.m. daily beginning Thursday.
- PUBLIX STORES - SPECIAL ‘SENIOR HOUR,’ CLOSING EARLY: Publix announced it will designate Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 7 a.m. – 8 a.m. for customers age 65 and over. Publix pharmacies will also open early at 7 a.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to serve senior shoppers. These special hours will give seniors a chance to shop at their own pace, without crowds. Publix stores are now closing at 8 p.m. each day to better serve customers, give staff time to conduct additional preventive sanitation and restock product on shelves. The closing time is companywide.
- SEA STORE (BP) AT SAFE HARBOR MARINA CHARLESTON CITY - LIMITED HOURS - Hours will be 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.
- TANGER OUTLETS - MODIFIED HOURS: Tanger Outlets have announced new store hours effective immediately due to the Coronavirus. The company said in a statement they will now be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday - Sunday. The company said they must “consider the steps needed to keep the well-being of our communities at the top of our priority list."
- TARGET - WEEKLY ‘SENIOR HOUR:' Target is offering the first hour of every Wednesday to shoppers who are older or in vulnerable health.
- WALMART - WEEKLY ‘SENIOR HOUR,’ PRODUCT LIMITS: 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. Every Tuesday 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. Pharmacies and Vision Centers will also be open during this time. 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. Walmart will temporarily shut down the Auto Care Centers to allow those 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.
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