Target Reduces Store Hours to Restock, Clean Amid Virus Outbreak

Target Corp <TGT.N> said on Tuesday it would reduce store hours for cleaning and restocking, as more consumers shop at its outlets for essentials amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The retailer’s stores, some of which are open up to 11 p.m. or midnight, will now close at 9 p.m. The company said it would also close cafes and eateries in its stores.

Target said it would add payroll hours to staff on cleaning routines, which includes sanitizing checklanes and touchscreens every 30 minutes.

Consumers have been flocking to stores in the past few weeks to load up on canned food, disinfectants, toilet paper and other essentials as the coronavirus has led to the closure of several restaurants and other businesses.

Walmart Inc <WMT.N> said last week that some of its 24-hour U.S. stores are now open only between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m.

(Reporting by Nivedita Balu in Bengaluru; Editing by Ramakrishnan M.)

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  1. Both local Walmarts are still open 24/7 here even though there is little on the shelves to buy. Of all things, even dog food is in short supply.

    Next I expect to see armed guards counting heads at the front door to make sure there are no more than 10 people in the store at any given time. PANIC is the game; Trump and his Wuhan flu bug are to blame.

  2. Contrast this company’s practice of reducing hours to cope with the heavy sales vs Amazon, who says that they’re going to hire 100k workers to cope with the heavy sales. Which one will have made the better decision?

    1. Amazon’s additional workers will not be stocking shelves while customers are navigating the aisles. I am not a Walmart shopper, but a friend complained of the difficulty shopping while employees were stocking shelves. She also complained about the “Walmart robot” roaming the store, but not being a Walmart shopper, did not know or inquire what that was.

      1. No, but doubling the normal stocking hours’ shifts would also work. I guarantee that they’ve been using as few stockers as they can to get the job done, so there is plenty of room for more stockers at night.

        With as many jobs being shuttered as there are now, Target could hire temp workers to stock until things get back to normal. If they’ve got empty shelves, they’re making more money than usual.

  3. How symmetric. Target and other retailers get so much of what they sell from the PRC. It’s fitting they pay the price.

    I can’t wait for a bloody melee to break out at Harbor Freight or Home Depot (Kobalt is made in China, as are most of it’s other wares), but unlikely, as tools are a lower-panic buy priority.

      1. Morte,

        I’ve seen people do worse and for less, like younger persons literally snatching items like TP, milk, or other items out of the carts of the elderly, then shove or hit them when they resisted.

        It’s a sad statement on the *ahem* human condition.

    1. Sheesh! People are crazy. I live in a housing community (eeeehhhh) amd we all seem pretty dedicated to making sure those who need are provided for. It actually is really nice to see.

      1. For reasons unknown to me, the residents of the district in which I live, rush to the store to buy bread, milk and toilet paper EVERY time a snow storm is predicted. Since we had no major snowfall this year, they followed their usual panic routine. The district in which I live went overwhelmingly for Trump in 2016. Are you saying Trump supporters are “wimps”? What do Floridians buy for hurricanes?

    2. Glad to read you were out and about, so you are healthy. Hope you and your mom stay clear of the virus. It has not shown up in community spread in SW PA, but am being cautious. I have an 89 yr old mother I check on daily, a brother receiving chemo and a sister on dialysis.

      Still trying to figure out the TP buy up. COVID-19 is a respiratory flu, not a gastrointestional one. WHAT are they doing with the TP??