WALMART has shortened its store hours at several locations in a major southern city.
Stores in the Atlanta, Georgia metropolitan area will close at 9:00 p.m. instead of 11:00 p.m.
A Walmart spokesperson told local NBC affiliate WXIA-TV that the following stores have changed their hours:
- Cleveland Avenue, East Point
- Jonesboro Roaf, Union City
- Drive Research Center, Atlanta
- Fairington Road, Lithuania
- Old National Highway, College Park
The five stores open at 6 a.m. and close at 9 p.m. starting Saturday.
“We are constantly looking for ways to better serve our communities,” a company spokesperson told the outlet.
“After considering feedback from market leaders as well as associates and customers, we decided to adjust operating hours at five Walmart stores in Atlanta.”
This change comes as Walmart announces the reopening of its Vine City location.
The Atlanta store closed last year, with the company citing retail crime and arson as the main reasons for the closure.
When the store reopens next year, shoppers may notice additional safety measures.
The store will feature an Atlanta Police Department substation, with city police officers patrolling the aisles.
Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens said there was a “need and necessity” to reopen the store because without it, locals would lose a vital source of food.
“Food insecurity is real across Georgia,” Dickens said, according to RoughDraft Atlanta.
“And we don’t want that to happen here in Atlanta. Eight years ago, about 54 percent of people in the city lived within a half-mile of fresh food. Now we’re at 75 percent.”
However, customers on social media described the expected police presence at the Atlanta Walmart as “dystopian.”
The store will open its doors in May 2024 and will include a pharmacy.