Popular grocery chain Harris Teeter has scaled back its hours nationwide.
Effective Wednesday, the Matthews-based grocer is closing its stores, including Harris Teeter in Goldsboro, at 9 p.m. The store will operate from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. temporarily and until further notice, company officials said.
Prior to the change, the Harris Teeter store at 2120 Wayne Memorial Drive was open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Having to manage labor challenges due to the pandemic was cited as one of the drivers of the decision.
“We believe closing our stores earlier will allow our valued associates to take their earned days off, efficiently process ExpressLane orders, manage labor in this difficult employment environment, ensure excellent closings to better prepare for the following day and make certain that our stores are a clean, safe place to work and shop,” said Danna Robinson, Harris Teeter communications manager.
Robinson said the reduction in store hours allows staff to focus on thorough cleaning, stocking the shelves and employee wellness.
Company officials also said the store’s Fresh Foods Market service counter’s revised closing time is 8 p.m. Other amenities close at 7 p.m.
The store’s Butchers and Fisherman’s Market Service counters revised closing time is 8 p.m.
The pharmacy hours remain unchanged, with operating hours from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
In March, Harris Teeter began designating two hours every Monday and Thursday from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. as senior shopping hours for shoppers aged 60 and older.
The company said to protect seniors, Harris Teeter will designate ExpressLane online shopping pick-up times from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for seniors every Thursday and will waive the $4.95 fee and offer $5 delivery for seniors during these times.
Harris Teeter, owned by The Kroger Co., operates more than 250 stores and 60 fuel centers in seven states and the District of Columbia.
Harris Teeter also owns grocery, frozen food and perishable distribution centers in Greensboro and Indian Trail. The company employs about 35,000 workers and is seeking to hire 5,000 employees in retail and distribution.