Walmart, Target and Meijer urged them to ‘think about loyal customers with children and families’ after the decision on store hours

THREE major retailers have been urged to take all their customers into account after changes to opening hours.

Walmart, Meijer and Target have all been called out by a customer for their failure to help working parents with families.

Walmart, Meijer and Target have been urged to “think about loyal customers” when considering their operating hoursCredit: Getty
Both Meijer and Walmart dropped their 24-hour formats during the pandemic and haven’t returnedCredit: Getty

The shopper turned to X, formerly Twitter, to suggest the chains take a more “profitable” approach by extending their opening hours.

“Best supermarket chains @Meijer @Walmart @Goal it would be really profitable and take care of your customers if you stayed open until 2am for employees who work late and have children/family it would definitely help,” the X user said.

“Think of loyal customers.”

During the COVID-19 outbreak, major chains including Walmart and Meijer have halted 24-hour operations.

Neither retailer has restored service, with Walmart stores open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Meijer from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

When a customer asked Walmart to return to the previous store hour format, the retailer responded, “We have no plans to return to 24 hours, but you can always shop online.”

Walmart’s reason for the change reportedly has to do with labor shortages, maintaining necessary inventory and the lack of need to keep the store open, according to Best Stocks.

“What we took for granted was that Walmart was open 24 hours a day,” said one Walmart shopper.

“Someone with influence should start a petition to get Walmart to go back to 24 hours,” another added.

During the pandemic, Meijer announced in a press release that the 24-hour service would be gone for the “foreseeable future”.

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According to the retailer, this was so that employees could effectively deep clean the stores and restock the shelves.

However, the 24-hour format has yet to be restored at the retailer.

Meanwhile, Target has slowly expanded its hours, with about 300 stores open until midnight and others closing at 11 p.m. on certain days of the week.

In other places the store closes at 10 p.m.

“The data showed that our guests were later looking for some more shopping options,” Erika Winkels, a Target spokeswoman, told FDRA in August.

“We saw there was an opportunity there.”

Meanwhile, on The Break Room, a forum for Target employees, employees previously discussed the 24-hour stores.

“Target stores require a lot of nightly maintenance considering the way they are run these days,” said one user.

“Especially in stores with super high volumes, the overnight process could not work as it currently does for customers, it would have to be changed enormously.”

“I work at a 24 hour Walmart and I wouldn’t wish this on Target at all,” said another.

“First of all, the customers come dressed in pajamas and other strange outfits. Moreover, many customers come with empty backpacks and leave with full backpacks, so AP would have its hands full.”

The American Sun has contacted Meijer, Target and Walmart for comment.

Target has expanded its hours to accommodate more customers, but the customer onCredit: Getty

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