Staring today, Walmart Canada is scaling back its regular hours of operation to 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., with the opening hour of each day being reserved for letting seniors (people over 65), the disabled and those with vulnerable health conditions shop.
In Brandon, the local Walmart Supercentre normally operates 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. from Monday to Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
In a Saturday morning email to customers, a company representative wrote that these changes were made due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, since reduced hours allows its staff more time to sanitize and stock each store.
This announcement follows similar new policies from rival retailers like Heritage Co-op, which instituted its own dedicated shopping hours for seniors last Tuesday.
Talking to the Sun last week, Heritage Co-op general manager Lorne Zacharias said these measures are designed to give seniors and other vulnerable people the confidence to pick up what they need during the hectic hustle and bustle of pandemic shopping.
"Our stores are so busy right at this moment," he said. "And it’s kind of an intimidating place when it’s that busy, and so we’re just trying to make it a little easier for ... our less mobile population."
Walmart Canada also recently revealed that the company will hire 10,000 more employees to work in its stores and distribution centres as it deals with issues related to COVID-19.
However, CEO Horacio Barbeito did not provide details on where the jobs would be or whether they would be temporary. Instead, all interested parties are asked to visit careers.walmart.ca for more information on any new work opportunities.
Saturday’s email also went on to claim that these new store hours will not affect Walmart Canada’s online grocery pickup and delivery services.
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