Meijer Announces New Store Hours, Dedicated Times For Vulnerable Shoppers

WWJ News
March 19, 2020 - 4:34 pm

(WWJ) Meijer has announced it is adjusting its store hours "for the foreseeable future" due to coronavirus-related concerns.

The Grand Rapids based retailer, making the announcement Thursday, said the changes will allow more time for team members to deep clean and restock its stores, as well as dedicated hours for senior citizens, customers with chronic health conditions, essential service workers and its team members.

New store hours are as follows:

  • Meijer stores will close overnight at 10 p.m. local time, beginning Friday, March 20, and will open each morning at 8 a.m. local time.
  • Meijer Express convenience store locations will close overnight at 10 p.m. and open each morning at 8 a.m.; pay-at-the-pump fuel sales will remain available 24 hours a day.
  • Meijer stores and pharmacies will provide dedicated shopping times for senior citizens and customers with chronic health conditions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-8 a.m. local time.
  • Meijer stores and pharmacies will provide dedicated shopping times for essential service workers and Meijer team members on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7-8 a.m. local time.

“These are unprecedented times that require appropriate action to ensure we are supporting the communities where our customers and team members work and live,” said Rick Keyes, Meijer President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our adjusted store hours will ensure all of our customers have access to the products they need in the cleanest shopping environment possible.”

Essential service workers include all medical workers, first responders and law enforcement. Meijer is asking its customers and the public to please respect the times for these important groups.

“As we continue to evaluate the store hours that will best serve all our customers, it’s more important than ever for us to work together for the greater good of our communities,” Keyes said. “All of us at Meijer are proud to serve our customers and we will continue to work through these challenging times together.”

This move by Meijer follows similiar actions by other retailers, as follows: 

  • Target said stores will open at their regularly scheduled times, but close no later at 9 p.m. each evening; workers using that extra hour at night to clean and restock. Target is reserving the first hour of shopping every Wednesday for vulnerable shoppers. 
  • Aldi said some stores will have limited hours or be temporarily closed. Closures and adjusted hours will vary from location to location.
  • Kroger is adjusting store operating hours and will now be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. This is also in an effort keep the stores clean, open and stocked. Some specific stores are also adjusting hours locally based on their circumstances, the company said. 
  • Walmart said all 24-hour stores would open at 6 a.m. and close at 11 p.m. 
  • Trader Joes said all stores will be open from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. "to support our Crew Members in taking care of one another and our customers."