How Grocery Stores are Adapting to the Pandemic

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The coronavirus created a stir of panic throughout the United States due to a fear of outbreak, this led to people panic shopping. People prepared for self-isolation by stocking up on everything from meat to toilet paper, creating an issue of high demands from shoppers.

Huntsville’s stores have been changing their policies and procedures in hopes of keeping people safe while shopping and keeping supplies available to everyone. Here is the latest information about store hours and item limits.


Target will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., with the first hour of each Wednesday reserved for citizens over 65 years old, pregnant women and those with underlying health concerns.

Target shoppers are limited to eight dry goods (like cereal), two dairy products, two hand sanitizers, one paper item (like facial tissues) per day, according to a Target customer service employee.


As of Monday, H-E-B will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. to allow for workers to restock and replenish shelves.

H-E-B limits shoppers to only two milk items, two cartons of eggs, two packs of water, four packages of paper towels and two hand sanitizers as well as other goods.


Kroger changed their opening hours to 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Kroger decided to limit shoppers on water, paper towels, toilet paper, bread and certain meat products, according to an employee from the Huntsville Kroger store.


According to a Huntsville Wal-Mart employee, the usually 24-hour store will only be open to the public between the hours of 7 a.m. and 8:30 p.m.

The employee also mentioned that Wal-Mart is limiting shoppers to only get one of each item available.

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