Harris Teeter

Harris Teeter stores nationwide will be reducing their store hours until further notice, citing the shortage of labor caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The change was first reported by @Grocerying, a Twitter account that follows the grocery store and fast food industry in the Carolinas and Virginia.

Deli and fresh food market service counters will close at 8 p.m., with all amenities such as sushi, sandwiches and pizza service ending at 7 p.m. The meat and seafood counter will also close at 8 p.m.

“We thank our shoppers and community members for continuing to show care, gratitude and kindness to our hard-working, valued associates as well as your fellow shoppers,” the company said in a post on its website.

Harris Teeter said they will continue to offer exclusive shopping hours for those age 60 and over every Monday and Thursday morning from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.

They have also designated ExpressLane Online Shopping pick-up times from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for seniors only every Thursday and will waive the $4.95 fee & offer $5 delivery for seniors during these times.

Since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, Harris Teeter offered employees bonuses, temporary $2 hourly pay increases and hired more than 5,000 workers, the Charlotte Observer previously reported.

Harris Teeter, a Kroger Co. subsidiary, has about 35,000 workers in more than 250 stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Maryland, Delaware, Florida and the District of Columbia.

This story originally appeared at OBXToday.com.

(7) comments

Jerzy Brick

https://wjla.com/news/local/harris-teeter-changes-hours-due-to-covid-19-delta-variant-surge

Hmm......

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Paul Benedict

Another victim of the Biden economy. Maybe some of the teenagers in Dale City, Woodbridge and Dumfries could quit shooting at each other, put down their weapons for awhile, and go get a job at Harris Teeter.

John Dutko

Or raise wages.

Tom Manson

I'm all for capitalism over socialism. Raise wages to meet demand. Raise prices or lower profits to accomodate. The majority of US workers will soon ve unskilled labor, easily replaced. Nobody wants those jobs - covid isolation initiated a renaissance of people realizing this. Bills are reality, but many refuse to come back. Studies will occur. Books will be written. Nothing is as simple as shut up and get a job for those workers now. Easy enough to say for those of us enjoying or retired from knowledge work, perhaps living off of Uncle Sucker for a lifetime like Soily.

Paul Benedict

Yes Tom, but you and I actually worked for many many years. Many of those years were at very low pay, but I worked because that is what people do. I didn't go around shooting people even though I had a .22 rifle at age 12. I took life seriously because my parents taught me morals. That seems to be lacking today, or perhaps that is my imagination.

Duke Nukem

I'd like some actual capitalism too. It would have been nice during the gas scare of the summer if prices were allowed to adjust to supply and demand instead of being artificially set. Would the masses be filling up a quarter tank and every container they can fit in their car at $10 or $20 a gallon? It would have been interesting to see the exodus from the gas lines as the prices were increased. "God's gift to the left" keeps on giving no one wants to work anymore in services and the majority of them look like they're either depressed or want to stab you...at least around here in the slums where I live.

John Dutko

Yes.

If people were willing to pay $20 for a 4 pack of toilet paper, you bet your behind they would stick around and pay whatever amount the gas station charged.

FOMO drives a lot of the sales in a consumer-driven market and, when people see a shortage about to occur, transform into wildebeests clamoring for whatever it is.

Every snowstorm. Every Black Friday. Every "shortage".

And it's not like gas is optional, since the majority of the Virginia commute is conducted via personal vehicle.

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