Walmart announces further changes to schedule

The Toccoa Walmart will be open from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. until further notice. A weekly senior-only shopping hour will be offered, purchases of specified items will be limited, and there will be changes in the Auto and Vision departments.

Yesterday, March 18, Walmart Executive VP and COO Dacona Smith announced that the initial adjustment to the store's hours proved successful in helping keep shelves stocked and stores sanitized. On Sunday, the Toccoa stores, along with all other 24-hour Walmart locations, began closing from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily.


"We’re pleased with the results we are seeing and will take additional steps beginning Thursday, March 19," Smith said in a press release.


Beginning today, March 19, all Walmart locations, including the Toccoa Walmart, will open each day at 7 a.m. and remain open until 8:30 p.m.


"This will further help associates restock the shelves for customers while continuing to clean and sanitize the store," Smith said, adding that associates will continue to work regular shifts and full hours.


In addition to the announcement of the change in hours, Smith announced a weekly hour set aside for senior citizen-only shopping.


"We know our older customers could be more vulnerable to the coronavirus and to better support them, Walmart is offering special shopping hours," she said. "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. Our pharmacies and vision centers will also be open during this time."


To combat the empty shelves, purchases of paper products, milk, eggs, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, water, diapers, wipes, formula and baby food will be limited and all Auto Care centers will be closed. Vision Centers will operate according to the normal schedule, but will be limited to one associate, and the only services available are pickup of existing orders and glasses repair.

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