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Walmart Inc. is making even more changes at its U.S. stores to focus on customer and employee safety and ensure shoppers' access to key items, Chief Operating Officer Dacona Smith said in a blog post.

All Walmart stores began Thursday to operate from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Those that normally open after 7 a.m. will keep their regular starting hours, Smith said. The change will give workers more time to restock shelves and sanitize stores. Employees will still work their regularly scheduled shifts.

In addition, Walmart stores will open at 6 a.m. on Tuesdays for customers 60 and older to give them an hour to shop before the rest of the public enters. The senior shopping hour, which includes access to Walmart's pharmacies and vision centers, will run from March 24 through April 28.

To make sure shoppers can find the products they need, Smith said stores will limit the number of items customers can buy in certain categories. These include paper products, milk, eggs, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, water, diapers, baby wipes, formula and baby food.

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Smith did not specify the purchasing limits on these products.

Also, the Auto Care Centers will close temporarily to free up employees to focus on stocking and cleaning more critical areas of stores.

Business on 03/20/2020

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