Lincoln's B&R Stores is the latest grocer to announce reduced hours due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The company announced Wednesday that all but two of its Super Saver stores will now be open 6 a.m.-midnight. The Lincoln store at 48th and O streets and the Columbus store will remain open 24 hours.
The company also said it would reduce hours at its Russ's Market stores in Lincoln and Hastings by closing two hours earlier. Smaller Russ's Markets stores in Waverly, Beatrice and Glenwood, Iowa, will keep their same schedules, which have shorter hours.
B&R Stores Marketing Director Marty Jarvis said the hour reductions will be reevaluated at the end of the week.
The move by B&R Stores follows those by several other retailers that sell groceries.
Target and Hy-Vee both announced changes in hours on Tuesday. Target will now close at 9 p.m., and Hy-Vee will close at 10 p.m. Target also said it will dedicate its first hour of operation daily for shopping for seniors and those with underlying health conditions. Hy-Vee also said it will let those over 60, expectant mothers and people with health conditions shop for an hour before stores officially open at 8 a.m.
Whole Foods, too, said it is letting people 60 and older shop in its stores for an hour before its stated opening time. In Lincoln, that means people in that age group can shop at the store starting at 8 a.m.
Walmart, which like Super Saver is open 24 hours in most locations, announced Sunday that its stores will now be open 6 a.m.-11 p.m. for the foreseeable future.
Other grocers that have announced reduced hours include Aldi and Trader Joe's.
Jarvis said B&R Stores' move is for similar reasons as other stores have cited: to provide more time to clean and stock stores, and also give employees more flexibility to care for children and other family members.
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