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Giant Eagle condenses store hours to 'maximize shopping conditions' during coronavirus pandemic

The company says the new hours will give employees time to restock shelves and clean the stores.

O'HARA TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Giant Eagle will condense its hours to 7 a.m.-10 p.m. each day at every one of its supermarkets and Market District locations in an effort to "maximize shopping conditions" during the coronavirus pandemic.

The "temporary" move will allow employees time to restock shelves with products currently in high demand and also properly clean all stores. All pharmacy hours will remain the same and GetGo stations will still operate as normal.

Spokesperson Dan Donovan issued the following statement:

"We continue to be amazed by the relentless dedication of our Team Members, and the calmness of so many guests as they visit our busy stores. By standardizing opening and closing hours for the time being across our supermarkets, we are putting our store teams in the best position to ensure optimal shopping conditions for our guests each day."

Giant Eagle has not said if it will try to limit the amount of customers in its stores after the state of Ohio issued an order banning most mass gatherings of over 100 people. However, Gov. DeWine has said supermarkets are exempt from that directive.

With the amount of coronavirus cases in Ohio continuing to rise, many stores like Giant Eagle have seen several products like hand sanitizer and toilet paper fly off the shelves. It is unknown when stocks will be at normal levels again.

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