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Valley grocery stores change hours under increased demand for supplies

Some Valley grocery stores are changing store hours due to extra demand for certain items during the coronavirus outbreak.

PHOENIX — Some Valley grocery stores are changing store hours due to extra demand for certain items during the coronavirus outbreak.

The Department of Homeland Security does not encourage people to stock up on cleaning supplies or toilet paper during a pandemic, and the Red Cross says people should have two weeks of food and water for any emergency, not just coronavirus.

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Even so, many store shelves across the nation have been emptied as people stockpile supplies.


On Sunday, March 15, all Fry’s Food Stores locations in Arizona will be closing at 10 p.m. and reopening Monday, March 16, at 6 a.m. The new adjusted store hours will be 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. 7 days a week.


Safeway and Albertsons stores will open an hour later and close an hour earlier so they can detail the stores. Stores are stocked as normal, a spokesperson said.

The stores will reserve every Tuesday and Thursday from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. for vulnerable shoppers who have to leave their homes to get groceries. They are asking customers to help them keep this time open for those most at risk.    


Bashas' announced new hours starting Sunday March 15. 

Bashas' Supermarkets: 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Bashas' Dine Markets: 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Bashas', Food City and AJ's Fine Food stores will be open for people 65 and over from 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. on Wednesdays. Bashas' reservation locations will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m to seniors. 

Shoppers will be required to show I.D. at the door. If a caretaker is needed one person is allowed to go with them during that time. The caretaker is not allowed to shop for themselves. The limits on purchases will still be in effect.


Unless they already have more reduced hours, stores will be open from 6 a.m.-11 p.m.until further notice for restocking and sanitizing. 


Target will reduce hours and close all stores by 9 p.m. daily. They will also reserve the first hour of shopping each Wednesday to support vulnerable guests, including the elderly and those with underlying health concerns.

This list will be updated.

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