Wegmans and Tops are both making another shift in their hours, in the wake of the big run in recent days on various products as many customers try to stock up due to concerns about the coronavirus.
Wegmans recently stopped 24-hour operation at some stores, closing from Midnight to 6am. Now, Wegmans says it will have all stores open from 7am to 10pm. Wegmans says it needs the additional off-hours to help restock and clean the stores.
It also has limited purchases of some products, as other stores have also done.
Also, the supermarket chain has temporarily closed all Market Café seating areas, all in-store Pubs, select Burger Bars, Amore, and Next Door.
In a statement on the company’s website, Wegmans president and CEO Colleen Wegman released this statement:
"Wegmans is here for you and will continue to keep our doors open. We are inspired by the ways our customers and employees are working together through this difficult time. As the coronavirus situation continues to evolve, it is likely that we will need to reduce the traffic at any one time in our stores. You’ll also see that we’ve implemented a 2-item purchase limit on certain products, allowing us to meet the needs of as many customers as possible. We are adapting quickly and will always put the needs of our employees and our customers first.
Take a deep breath, and lead with your hearts. I believe our food supply chain and healthcare system are among the best in the world and if we take care of each other, we will get through this together."
Tops said that as of Wednesday, it will be changing hours of operation to 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. to restock and continue to maintain the increased sanitation levels in their stores. Tops supermarkets that typically close earlier will maintain their existing hours of operation.