A NUMBER of stores and fast food chains are reducing their opening hours due to a lack of staff.
The reduced hours are the result of an increase in Covid cases as the Omicron variant continues to surge across the country.
Vaccine mandates and supply chain issues are also contributing to the staffing shortages many companies face.
While some companies are reducing their hours, others have been forced to temporarily close sites.
Below, we’ve rounded up what you need to know about the companies and chains adjusting times and locations.
McDonald’s has reduced its working hours by 10% due to a lack of staff, according to reports.
The constant attendance of employees has been an issue during the latest Covid surge.
The franchise, which employs around 800,000 people across the country, provided employees with Covid tests.
The coffee chain sent an email to customers on January 14 alerting them to the altered experiences due to the Omicron variant.
“You may notice that some stores will have reduced hours, some products may be unavailable, or mobile ordering and payment are temporarily disabled in your store,” the email reads in part.
“Our commitment to you is that we will always make proactive decisions that put the health and well-being of our customers and partners (employees) first.”
Starbucks customers are encouraged to check the app for up-to-date information before placing an order.
Chipotle, like Shake Shack, is also having staffing issues, causing some sites to close.
The retailer announced on Jan. 10 that expected fourth-quarter earnings are likely to come in lower than expected.
“We started the holiday season from a strong position, but have since experienced several consequences of the Omicron variant, including increased capacity constraints, more limited staff availability and reduced hours of operation in some locations,” Chief Executive Calvin McDonald said in a statement. the company’s website.
Reduced hours mean lost business and revenue, as the company has probably experienced.
According to Money, the department store has changed its hours for the rest of the month.
From Monday to Thursday, the stores will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Store hours from Friday to Sunday are not affected.
Many stores were open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. before the change.
It is not known if the hours will be staggered in February.
CVS and Walgreens are two large pharmacies that are adjusting their opening hours due to a shortage of staff.
However, FOX Business noted that only a handful of stores were affected and that the vast majority of both retailers’ locations are operating normally.
Walgreens told the outlet that it is possible to find a nearby location for customers to pick up their prescriptions when a store is forced to close.
Athletica, Nike, Walmart and Apple also experienced staff shortages, which led to reduced hours of operation in some locations.
It’s best to call ahead to your local store before venturing out.
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