Update 3-14-20: Effective today Kroger has announced it is also reducing its hours in Houston, moving to a 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. schedule until further notice.
H-E-B's President Scott McClelland has just released an announcement that starting today, all H-E-B, Joe V’s Smart Shop, Mi Tienda and Central Market stores in the Houston area will shift to modified hours, closing at 8 p.m. today. Starting tomorrow, March 14 we will shift to modified hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until further notice.
McClelland says the temporary hours will help it ensure that their shelves are stocked and customers can get to what they want to buy as quickly as possible as people prepare to fight off the COVID-19 virus.
He said they would return to their regular hours and full services as soon as possible.
Meanwhile Kroger officials are urging people "to choose preparedness over panic," saying they are working around the clock to keep shelves full but customers should also think about the people who are coming after them.
Their press release also referred to " the importance of mindful shopping amidst growing trend of stockpiling."
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