Grocery stores to reduce hours for stocking and cleaning

Photo courtesy Harps Food Stores

Walmart and Harps Food Stores announced a reduction of operating hours to allow crews time to restock shelves and clean stores during the coronavirus outbreak.

Walmart Supercenters and Neighborhood Markets that normally are open 24 hours will be open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. beginning Sunday, March 15.

“This will help ensure associates are able to stock the products our customers are looking for and to perform cleaning and sanitizing,” stated a release from Walmart corporate.

Stores currently operating under more reduced hours, such as locations that regularly close at 10 p.m. or open at 7 a.m., will keep their current hours of operation.

Harps Food Stores officials have instructed all store managers to close at 8 p.m. beginning on Monday, March 16. Similar to Walmart’s announcement, Harps officials said the reduced hours will allow associates time to restock shelves and sanitize designated areas each evening.

Harps stores will open each day at their normal times. All four Fayetteville locations open at 6 a.m.