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Grocery stores across the country are struggling to keep up with the demand of panicking shoppers who are hoarding goods in response to the ongoing coronavirus epidemic.

As a result, many stores, including the Eureka WinCO, are temporarily changing their hours to help lighten the load.

The company stated on its website that many of its stores will no longer be open 24 hours, and will close between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m. this week to “deal with the Coronavirus fallout in these unprecedented times.”

However, the Outpost spoke with an employee of the Eureka WinCO and confirmed that the Eureka store will specifically be closed form midnight to 7 a.m.

The business stated in a press release that it will reevaluate this schedule at the end of the week.

Read more from WinCO:

Dear WinCo Customers,

As we all deal with the Coronavirus fallout in these unprecedented times, WinCo Foods remains committed to taking care of our customers, our communities and our employee owners.

As we experience higher than normal demand on a variety of products, we are working around the clock to not only keep our stores open, but also clean and as stocked as possible. We are also ever-mindful of keeping our employee owners, our customers and our communities as safe as possible. To that end we are working with the CDC and local Health Agencies to make sure we follow all Coronavirus protocol, as well as our own internal hygiene and food safety protocols.

We at WinCo Foods understand that you are relying on us in these difficult days to continue providing you with quality food at the lowest possible prices. On behalf of our 19,000+ employee owners, we have no intention of closing our stores and every intention of keeping our shelves as stocked as we possibly can. To help this, we will be temporarily closing various locations between the hours of 12 a.m. and 5 a.m. for the next week, so the stores can clean and re-stock. We will re-evaluate this policy after this week has passed.

We appreciate your patience while we do this. WinCo remains committed to all of you, and to providing you with foods for your hungry families.
Thank you,

The employee owners of WinCo Foods