Walmart in Aberdeen.

With cases of the new coronavirus continuing to emerge across the U.S., many major retailers are doubling down on efforts to truncate the spread.

Walmart on Wednesday announced it would again be shortening its hours. Beginning Thursday, the 24-hour store in Aberdeen will be open from 7 a.m. until 8:30 p.m.

The store will also limit sales of paper products, milk, eggs, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, water, diapers, wipes, formula and baby food, according to a statement from Dacona Smith, executive vice president of Walmart.

“I think every one of us has had to adjust our daily routines in some way, and it’s likely that could continue,” Smith said. “We are paying very close attention to our stores and communities and will continue making the necessary changes to help make sure our associates are taken care of and that our customers can get what they need.”

Matthews-based supermarket chain Harris Teeter on Wednesday announced another company-wide reduction in hours and new restrictions for shoppers in response to the pandemic.

In a corporate statement, the retailer said all of its 260 locations would operate from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. until further notice. Harris Teeter on Friday began closing stores at 9 p.m.

The new hours take effect Thursday at all three Harris Teeter locations in Moore County, including the company’s 78,200 square-foot flagship store in Taylortown. The shortened hours will allow the company to “focus on cleaning, replenishment and the well-being of our valued associates,” the statement said.

Harris Teeter is also suspending product returns and imposing a three-item limit on certain products, according to the statement. Controlled items include bottled water, canned meat, pasta, cleaning supplies, Airborne-brand dietary supplements and toilet paper, which has been in short supply at supermarkets across the county over the past week.

Following is a look at how other supermarkets in Moore County have adjusted to the spread of the coronavirus.


Normal hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

New hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Other adjustments: Cash-back service temporarily suspended because of “heightened demand,” according to signage posted Sunday at the Aberdeen store.

Food Lion

Normal hours: 7 a.m. to 10 or 11 p.m. in Moore County, depending on location.

New hours: Unchanged.

Other adjustments: None for customers, but the Salisbury-based chain has imposed “travel restrictions” for associates, according to a news release.

The Fresh Market

Normal hours: 8 a.m to 9 p.m.

New hours: Unchanged.

Other adjustments: Self-sampling service is temporarily suspended; stores open exclusively to “seniors and other individuals most at risk” from 8 to 9 a.m. on weekdays.

JustSave Foods (Robbins)

Normal hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

New hours: Unchanged.

Other adjustments: None.

Lowes Foods

Normal hours: 6 a.m. to midnight.

New hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Other adjustments: Purchases of hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes are being limited to two per day for each customer, according to signage posted Sunday at the Southern Pines store. An upcoming bingo event at the store has been canceled.

Piggly Wiggly (Vass)

Normal hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. (closed Sundays).

New hours: Unchanged.

Other adjustments: None.

(2) comments

Patricia Bryan

I thought I heard on the news something about Walmart reserving times for Seniors on Tuesdays. Dollar General did that, but it's always the first hour or so that they are open. Not sure too many seniors can get up and out the door by then.

Kent Misegades

Kudos to all businesses and government offices who remain open, even with shorter hours. Their employees are doing a great service to others. When faced with real challenges, Americans always rise to the task and succeed. We’ll come out of this all the better and sooner than most think. I just want to know where some people are storing all that T-paper? They’ll have it for years to come!

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