Target Reduces Store Hours Due To Coronavirus Pandemic

WWJ News
March 18, 2020 - 10:44 am

(WWJ) Target is the latest retailer to cut store hours amid the coronavirus pandemic.  

The company has announced that 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. 

In addition, beginning today, Target said it is reserving the first hour of shopping every Wednesday for vulnerable shoppers. The retailer is encouraging other guests to plan their shopping trips around this timeframe.

“Families are counting on Target for critical supplies during this challenging time, and we’ll continue to do all that we can to keep our stores open. For weeks, we’ve been responding to the impact of the coronavirus by taking care of our team, rigorously cleaning our stores and helping our guests find the food, medicine and other essentials they need for themselves and their families,” said Brian Cornell, Chairman and CEO of Target. “As our team continues to adapt to the country’s fast-changing needs, we’re announcing plans to reduce our store hours and offer dedicated shopping hours for vulnerable guests. We’ll also maintain limits on select products and would ask guests to purchase only what they need so there’s enough supply to accommodate this increased demand.”

Updated store hours can be found at Target.com and are also posted in stores. 

Target said the company is taking the following additional steps Target has taken in support of its team and guests, including:

  • Adding payroll hours to support more rigorous cleaning routines, including ensuring guest-facing surfaces like checklanes and touchscreens are cleaned at least every 30 minutes. 
  • Leveraging its supply chain to prioritize and fast-track the flow of products that are in highest demand across key categories, including cleaning products, paper products, food, over-the-counter medicine and baby products.
  • Making back-up care available for all U.S. team members by waiving eligibility requirements, copays and other program details to ensure team members with caregiving needs can take care of their families during this time.
  • Waiving the company’s absenteeism policy and covering up to 14 days of quarantine and illness pay for team members with a confirmed case of COVID-19, as well as continuing to offer standing benefits like Paid Family Leave and free counseling services.
  • Closing all Target Cafés, Pizza Huts, Snack Bars, Beverage Bars, Starbucks seating areas and condiment stations in stores.

This comes after multiple other store chains announced reduced store hours. 

  • 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."