Walmart extending closing time at most stores

U.S.

FILE – In this March 31, 2020 file photo, a woman pulls groceries from a cart to her vehicle outside of a Walmart store in Pearl, Miss. Walmart will require customers to wear face coverings at all of its namesake and Sam’s Club stores. The company said the policy will go into effect on Monday, July 20, 2020 to allow time to inform stores and customers. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (NewsNation/KNWA) — Walmart is extending its closing time from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at most of its stores nationwide, the Arkansas-based retailer announced on Friday.

By Aug. 17, more than 4,000 of the company’s 4,700 stores will make the change.

“With this change, we will continue the health and safety measures currently in place, such as social distancing, health screenings, plastic barriers at the registers and masks,” Walmart said in its statement.

The company will “continue assessing” its remaining stores as to when to expand closing hours.

Walmart stores will host a senior shopping hour every Tuesday for customers age 60 and older who may be more vulnerable to COVID-19. It starts one hour before the store officially opens. Walmart pharmacies and vision centers will also be open during this time.

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