Home Depot will close its stores at 6 p.m. during the coronavirus pandemic, following a slew of national chains that are paring their hours in response to COVID-19.
The home improvement retailer said the temporary adjustment will begin Thursday, March 19. Its stores, which are typically open until 9 p.m. or 10 p.m., won’t change their opening hours.
“As an essential retailer to the communities it serves, The Home Depot is committed to keeping stores open just as it always does during times of crisis and natural disaster,” the retailer said in a statement.
The company said the reduced hours will provide time for staff to restock shelves and clean the stores.
“As many items across our store are in high demand, the company’s merchants and supply-chain teams are prioritizing replenishment and restocking as quickly as possible,” Home Depot said.
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The company’s move comes after other national retailers announced similar plans to pare hours, including Walmart and Target.
Home Depot also said Wednesday that it is giving full-time hourly employees an additional 80 hours of paid sick time or personal time, while part-time hourly employees will get an additional 40 hours. That time can be used for a variety of reasons, including, for example, caring for children if their school is closed. Workers will also be paid if they’re forced to self-quarantine because of the coronavirus.
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