Walmart and 3 Other Grocery Chains Are Closing Right Now Because of This
Supermarkets are facing another wave of product delays and shortages, but there's a different issue forcing stores across the country to close right now. A new winter storm is disrupting normal operating hours for grocery shoppers.
On Friday, more than 300,000 people were without power because of inclement weather, which included "treacherous buildups of snow and ice," according to NBC News. Residents of Texas and more states were told not to drive as schools and businesses, including grocery stores, shut down. Here are four chains whose shopping hours have been impacted:
Walmart has been plagued with closures over the last few months amid a surge in COVID-19 cases from the omicron wave. This time, winter storm Landon has forced some locations to shut down. From Houston to Pittsburg, almost 100 stores are currently closed, according to the store status tracker on Walmart's website.
"As severe winter weather impacts parts of southern, central, and northern U.S., we understand our customers will rely on us for essential items to help manage the storm," the company told Eat This, Not That! in a statement. "We'll continue monitoring the forecasts and will be prepared to serve our customers as best we can."
Multiple locations of this regional grocery chain were caught in the path of the storm. Schnucks stores in the St. Louis area shut down early on both Wednesday and Thursday, according to local reports.
As of Friday, Feb. 4, all should be back open, though. Here's what a spokesperson for the chain told us:
A full list of the affected stores is available here.
As store closings from the winter storm made headlines late in the week, Acme Market locations in the Greater Akron area shuttered at 6 p.m. on Thursday and reopened at 7 a.m. on Friday.
This chain is not part of the ACME network of grocery stores in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.
This Texas supermarket chain also closed down stores ahead of wintery conditions on Thursday, according to local reports. Many H-E-B locations are now open again with normal hours, but some stores, such as the one in Abilene, will close at 8 p.m. on Friday. The chain said there might be limited availability of curbside and delivery services in certain areas, but stores stocked more products ahead of time. It was also conserving energy to help preserve the Texas energy grid, which was taken out by a strong storm last year.
For a full list of stores involved—including the company's Central Market stores—head to H-E-B's website. And for more supermarket news, check out These Beloved Snacks Will Remain Hard to Find at Grocery Stores.
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