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Arizona grocery stores change hours to adapt to shoppers’ demands during coronavirus

A congregant sanitizes his hands before entering at Saint Mary’s Basilica Sunday March 15, 2020 in downtown Phoenix. (Nicole Neri/The Republic)

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A congregant sanitizes his hands before entering at Saint Mary’s Basilica Sunday March 15, 2020 in downtown Phoenix. (Nicole Neri/The Republic)

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Congregants stand for prayer at Saint Mary’s Basilica Sunday March 15, 2020 in downtown Phoenix. (Nicole Neri/The Republic)

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Congregants stand for prayer at Saint Mary’s Basilica Sunday March 15, 2020 in downtown Phoenix. (Nicole Neri/The Republic)

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The shelves containing toilet paper are nearly empty at a grocery store in Phoenix.

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The shelves containing toilet paper are nearly empty at a grocery store in Phoenix.

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The demand for products since the announcement of the Coronavirus has put a strain on markets keeping their shelves stocked.

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The demand for products since the announcement of the Coronavirus has put a strain on markets keeping their shelves stocked.

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The demand for products since the announcement of the Coronavirus has put a strain on markets keeping their shelves stocked. This store ran out bags for groceries.

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The demand for products since the announcement of the Coronavirus has put a strain on markets keeping their shelves stocked. This store ran out bags for groceries.

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The demand for products since the announcement of the Coronavirus has put a strain on markets keeping their shelves stocked.

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The demand for products since the announcement of the Coronavirus has put a strain on markets keeping their shelves stocked.

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The demand for products since the announcement of the Coronavirus has put a strain on markets keeping their shelves stocked.

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The demand for products since the announcement of the Coronavirus has put a strain on markets keeping their shelves stocked.

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Annai Lopez, 15, (left) and Wendy Lebron (right) wash their hands with sanitizer at the Saturday morning Public Market in downtown Phoenix on March 14, 2020.

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Annai Lopez, 15, (left) and Wendy Lebron (right) wash their hands with sanitizer at the Saturday morning Public Market in downtown Phoenix on March 14, 2020.

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People shop for goods at the Saturday morning Public Market in downtown Phoenix on March 14, 2020.

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People shop for goods at the Saturday morning Public Market in downtown Phoenix on March 14, 2020.

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Hand sanitizer is provided at a stall at the Saturday morning Public Market in downtown Phoenix on March 14, 2020.

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Hand sanitizer is provided at a stall at the Saturday morning Public Market in downtown Phoenix on March 14, 2020.

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A woman walks with a grocery cart outside the Costco Wholesale store at Christown Spectrum on March 14, 2020, in Phoenix.

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A woman walks with a grocery cart outside the Costco Wholesale store at Christown Spectrum on March 14, 2020, in Phoenix.

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People load groceries into their car outside the Costco Wholesale store at Christown Spectrum on March 14, 2020, in Phoenix.

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People load groceries into their car outside the Costco Wholesale store at Christown Spectrum on March 14, 2020, in Phoenix.

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People wait in line to enter Costco to shop in Mesa.

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People wait in line to enter Costco to shop in Mesa.

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A sign announces that Major League Baseball has suspended the 2020 spring training season, this is in response to the COVID-19 virus health emergency on Mar. 13, 2020 at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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A sign announces that Major League Baseball has suspended the 2020 spring training season, this is in response to the COVID-19 virus health emergency on Mar. 13, 2020 at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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Alice Chow, a public health scientist with the Arizona Department of Health Services, prepares patient samples to test for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, at the Arizona Department of Health Services lab in Phoenix on March 13, 2020.

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Alice Chow, a public health scientist with the Arizona Department of Health Services, prepares patient samples to test for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, at the Arizona Department of Health Services lab in Phoenix on March 13, 2020.

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Alice Chow, a public health scientist with the Arizona Department of Health Services, prepares patient samples to test for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, at the Arizona Department of Health Services lab in Phoenix on March 13, 2020.

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Alice Chow, a public health scientist with the Arizona Department of Health Services, prepares patient samples to test for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, at the Arizona Department of Health Services lab in Phoenix on March 13, 2020.

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Dr. Victor Waddell, the bureau chief for the state health lab with the Arizona Department of Health Services, at the Arizona Department of Health Services lab in Phoenix on March 13, 2020.

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Dr. Victor Waddell, the bureau chief for the state health lab with the Arizona Department of Health Services, at the Arizona Department of Health Services lab in Phoenix on March 13, 2020.

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Alice Chow, a public health scientist with the Arizona Department of Health Services, prepares patient samples to test for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, at the Arizona Department of Health Services lab in Phoenix on March 13, 2020.

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Alice Chow, a public health scientist with the Arizona Department of Health Services, prepares patient samples to test for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, at the Arizona Department of Health Services lab in Phoenix on March 13, 2020.

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Alice Chow, a public health scientist with the Arizona Department of Health Services, places patient samples into a centrifuge to test for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, at the Arizona Department of Health Services lab in Phoenix on March 13, 2020.

The new coronavirus in Arizona

Alice Chow, a public health scientist with the Arizona Department of Health Services, places patient samples into a centrifuge to test for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, at the Arizona Department of Health Services lab in Phoenix on March 13, 2020.

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Alice Chow, a public health scientist with the Arizona Department of Health Services, places patient samples into a centrifuge to test for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, at the Arizona Department of Health Services lab in Phoenix on March 13, 2020.

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Alice Chow, a public health scientist with the Arizona Department of Health Services, places patient samples into a centrifuge to test for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, at the Arizona Department of Health Services lab in Phoenix on March 13, 2020.

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Alice Chow, a public health scientist with the Arizona Department of Health Services, prepares patient samples to test for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, at the Arizona Department of Health Services lab in Phoenix on March 13, 2020.

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Alice Chow, a public health scientist with the Arizona Department of Health Services, prepares patient samples to test for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, at the Arizona Department of Health Services lab in Phoenix on March 13, 2020.

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Alice Chow, a public health scientist, and Dr. Victor Waddell, the bureau chief for the state health lab, both with the Arizona Department of Health Services, look on as a Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests patient samples for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, at the Arizona Department of Health Services lab in Phoenix on March 13, 2020.

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Alice Chow, a public health scientist, and Dr. Victor Waddell, the bureau chief for the state health lab, both with the Arizona Department of Health Services, look on as a Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests patient samples for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, at the Arizona Department of Health Services lab in Phoenix on March 13, 2020.

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Kate Fitzpatrick, a virology and serology section supervisor with the Arizona Department of Health Services, puts on protective gear before the first stage of testing patient samples for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, at the Arizona Department of Health Services lab in Phoenix on March 13, 2020.

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Kate Fitzpatrick, a virology and serology section supervisor with the Arizona Department of Health Services, puts on protective gear before the first stage of testing patient samples for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, at the Arizona Department of Health Services lab in Phoenix on March 13, 2020.

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Dr. Victor Waddell, the bureau chief for the state health lab with the Arizona Department of Health Services, holds a COVID-19 testing kit at the Arizona Department of Health Services lab in Phoenix on March 13, 2020.

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Dr. Victor Waddell, the bureau chief for the state health lab with the Arizona Department of Health Services, holds a COVID-19 testing kit at the Arizona Department of Health Services lab in Phoenix on March 13, 2020.

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Kate Fitzpatrick, a virology and serology section supervisor with the Arizona Department of Health Services, tests during the first stage of testing patient samples for COVID-19 at the Arizona Department of Health Services lab in Phoenix on March 13, 2020.

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Kate Fitzpatrick, a virology and serology section supervisor with the Arizona Department of Health Services, tests during the first stage of testing patient samples for COVID-19 at the Arizona Department of Health Services lab in Phoenix on March 13, 2020.

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Kate Fitzpatrick, a virology and serology section supervisor with the Arizona Department of Health Services, tests during the first stage of testing patient samples for COVID-19 at the Arizona Department of Health Services lab in Phoenix on March 13, 2020.

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Kate Fitzpatrick, a virology and serology section supervisor with the Arizona Department of Health Services, tests during the first stage of testing patient samples for COVID-19 at the Arizona Department of Health Services lab in Phoenix on March 13, 2020.

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Robert Truman (SSC Services for Education) uses an electrostatic sprayer to sanitize a drinking fountain, March 12, 2020, at Kyrene de la Mirada Elementary School, 5500 W Galveston St., Chandler.

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Robert Truman (SSC Services for Education) uses an electrostatic sprayer to sanitize a drinking fountain, March 12, 2020, at Kyrene de la Mirada Elementary School, 5500 W Galveston St., Chandler.

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Robert Truman, with SSC Services for Education, uses an electrostatic sprayer to sanitize a classroom on March 12, 2020, at Kyrene de la Mirada Elementary School in Chandler.

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Robert Truman, with SSC Services for Education, uses an electrostatic sprayer to sanitize a classroom on March 12, 2020, at Kyrene de la Mirada Elementary School in Chandler.

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Robert Truman, with SSC Services for Education, uses an electrostatic sprayer to sanitize a classroom on March 12, 2020, at Kyrene de la Mirada Elementary School in Chandler.

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Robert Truman, with SSC Services for Education, uses an electrostatic sprayer to sanitize a classroom on March 12, 2020, at Kyrene de la Mirada Elementary School in Chandler.

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Robert Truman, with SSC Services for Education, uses an electrostatic sprayer to sanitize a classroom on March 12, 2020, at Kyrene de la Mirada Elementary School in Chandler.

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Robert Truman, with SSC Services for Education, uses an electrostatic sprayer to sanitize a classroom on March 12, 2020, at Kyrene de la Mirada Elementary School in Chandler.

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Carol Prager, wears a mask while traveling through Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Terminal 4, on March 4, 2020.

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Carol Prager, wears a mask while traveling through Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Terminal 4, on March 4, 2020.

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An air traveler checks in with American Airlines at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Terminal 4 on March 4, 2020.

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An air traveler checks in with American Airlines at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Terminal 4 on March 4, 2020.

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Traveling nurse Hannah Curletta waits for her luggage at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Terminal 4 on March 4, 2020. Curletta says she likes wearing a mask to make people more mindful about the coronavirus and cold and flu season.

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Traveling nurse Hannah Curletta waits for her luggage at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Terminal 4 on March 4, 2020. Curletta says she likes wearing a mask to make people more mindful about the coronavirus and cold and flu season.

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Gregory Touchton, from Washington D.C., wears rubber gloves while traveling through Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Terminal 4, on March 4, 2020. Touchton was wearing the gloves because of the coronavirus and cold and flu season.

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Gregory Touchton, from Washington D.C., wears rubber gloves while traveling through Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Terminal 4, on March 4, 2020. Touchton was wearing the gloves because of the coronavirus and cold and flu season.

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Travelers check in with American Airlines at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Terminal 4 on March 4, 2020.

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Travelers check in with American Airlines at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Terminal 4 on March 4, 2020.

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Maggie Villalva, supervisor for LJ's Cleaning Solutions, sanitizes a Valley Metro bus at Tempe Bus Operations & Maintenance on March 6, 2020.

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Maggie Villalva, supervisor for LJ’s Cleaning Solutions, sanitizes a Valley Metro bus at Tempe Bus Operations & Maintenance on March 6, 2020.


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Maggie Villalva, supervisor for LJ's Cleaning Solutions, sanitizes a Valley Metro bus at Tempe Bus Operations & Maintenance on March 6, 2020.

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Maggie Villalva, supervisor for LJ’s Cleaning Solutions, sanitizes a Valley Metro bus at Tempe Bus Operations & Maintenance on March 6, 2020.


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A scientist at Translational Genomics Research Institute in Flagstaff prepares to analyze genetic material from new coronavirus on March 6, 2020.

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A scientist at Translational Genomics Research Institute in Flagstaff prepares to analyze genetic material from new coronavirus on March 6, 2020.

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A scientist at Translational Genomics Research Institute in Flagstaff prepares to analyze genetic material from new coronavirus on March 6, 2020.

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A scientist at Translational Genomics Research Institute in Flagstaff prepares to analyze genetic material from new coronavirus on March 6, 2020.

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A scientist at Translational Genomics Research Institute in Flagstaff prepares to analyze genetic material from new coronavirus on March 6, 2020.

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A scientist at Translational Genomics Research Institute in Flagstaff prepares to analyze genetic material from new coronavirus on March 6, 2020.

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Gov. Doug Ducey speaks during a press conference regarding COVID-19 and Arizona's preparedness efforts on March 11, 2020, at the Arizona State Public Health Laboratory in Phoenix. Ducey declared a public health emergency after health officials announced a ninth case in the state.

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Gov. Doug Ducey speaks during a press conference regarding COVID-19 and Arizona’s preparedness efforts on March 11, 2020, at the Arizona State Public Health Laboratory in Phoenix. Ducey declared a public health emergency after health officials announced a ninth case in the state.

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Dr. Cara Christ speaks during a press conference on COVID-19 at The Arizona Department of Health Services State Laboratory in Phoenix on March 9, 2020.

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Dr. Cara Christ speaks during a press conference on COVID-19 at The Arizona Department of Health Services State Laboratory in Phoenix on March 9, 2020.

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Dr. Cara Christ and Gov. Doug Ducey leave a press conference on COVID-19 at The Arizona Department of Health Services State Laboratory in Phoenix on March 9, 2020.

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Dr. Cara Christ and Gov. Doug Ducey leave a press conference on COVID-19 at The Arizona Department of Health Services State Laboratory in Phoenix on March 9, 2020.

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Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ and Governor Doug Ducey (left) hold a press conference to update Arizona's preparedness for COVID-19 (previously known as novel coronavirus) at the Arizona State Public Health Laboratory on March 2, 2020 in Phoenix, Ariz.

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Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ and Governor Doug Ducey (left) hold a press conference to update Arizona’s preparedness for COVID-19 (previously known as novel coronavirus) at the Arizona State Public Health Laboratory on March 2, 2020 in Phoenix, Ariz.

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A congregant sanitizes his hands before entering at Saint Mary’s Basilica Sunday March 15, 2020 in downtown Phoenix. (Nicole Neri/The Republic)

Katherine Fitzgerald, Arizona Republic
Published 10:03 a.m. MT March 15, 2020 | Updated 11:17 a.m. MT March 15, 2020

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As shoppers swarm grocery stores in response to the spread of the new coronavirus, some are beginning to make adjustments to meet customers’ demands. 

Fry’s Food Stores are changing hours to keep up with increased demands, company officials announced Saturday in a statement. 

The new daily store hours will be 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Arizona. 

The company said in the statement the change was made to “better serve our customers and balance the needs of our associates.”

These are shorter hours in most cases, but with the hope that it will allow store teams time to restock food and other essential items.

“We remain focused on doing all the things we need to do to keep our associates and customers safe and healthy,” the statement read. “As we continue to monitor this rapidly evolving situation, we strive to make decisions that balance the safety of our associates with our commitments to our customers and communities.”

Fry’s will also be hiring additional employees to meet their customers needs. An email about immediate openings said “we’re here for our customers and communities when they need us most, with open stores and openhearted hospitality. To help keep our stores stocked with fresh, affordable food and essentials, we’re now hiring … with immediate positions available.”

Albertsons and Safeway

Stores also are changing hours at Albertsons, a grocery store company which operates a number of different stores, including Safeway. 

Nancy Keane, a public affairs representative for the Southwest Division of Albertsons said that Albertsons and Safeway stores are opening one hour later and closing one hour earlier to give staff time to restock shelves with food and other essential items. Keane said this applies to all Albertsons stores. 

She also hopes it will help staff who have been handling a surge of customers. 

“They’re there to serve the customers, and they’ve been absolutely wonderful,” Keane said in a phone interview Saturday. 

As far as policies on any purchasing limitations, Keane said there are “no limits on products you can buy” at this time. 

Bashas

At Bashas grocery stores, store hours will temporarily change Sunday to 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., while Bashas’ Diné hours will become 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., according to a note on the store’s website. 

However, the note also warned that exact store hours may vary by location and advised shoppers to call their local store to confirm.

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Reach the reporter at kfitzgeral@gannett.com or 480-356-6407. Follow her on Twitter @kfitz134.

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