It was announced on Friday that Walmart will be extending store operating hours at over 4,000 of the company’s 4,700 locations across the United States. The store hour changes will take place this upcoming Monday.
As noted in the tweet by Walmart (WMT), store hours will be extended from 8:30 pm to 10 pm in an attempt to provide more shopping opportunities for its customers; these changes will also include pharmacy and vision centers. The store hour changes will not impact the senior shopping hours that Walmart hosts every Tuesday to allow those over 60 to shop in a safer and less-hectic environment for the supplies that they need.
Walmart has always been well-known for offering 24-hour in-person shopping access at a significant portion of its locations across the U.S. However, following the pandemic, in an attempt to implement safety precautions, most of the retail giant’s stores were placed on a strict 8:30 pm closing time. Recently, Walmart has been seen making moves to lessen restrictions put in place.
Walmart has been in the news quite a bit this year as it seeks to expand services in both the shopping forum and the medical industry. Investors and customers alike are anxiously awaiting the launch of Walmart’s new subscription program, Walmart+, which has been delayed multiple times this year. There have also been notable moves to expand the company’s presence in the medical industry with the start of a new Medicare-based insurance program and planned construction for more pharmacies.
At the close of market on Friday, Walmart stock was up 0.57% to $132.60.
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