Spruce Pine Walmart changing hours
SPRUCE PINE – The Spruce Pine Walmart will soon adjust its hours of operation.
Assistant manager Becca Randolph confirmed this past week in a phone interview that beginning Saturday, Oct. 5, the Spruce Pine Walmart is changing its hours to 6 a.m.-midnight from currently being open 24 hours.
Randolph said the change is being implemented in several of the company’s low-volume stores, and the same decision has been made for the Walmart in Unicoi, Tennessee.
Walmart announced this past March it would be eliminating the overnight shift that restocks shelves at about 300 stores, and there is a plan to transition those employees to other hours.
The affected stores are primarily smaller ones with lower annual sales or customer traffic, according to an article from bloomberg.com. At the same time, Walmart is expanding the use of a backroom conveyor system that takes boxes of products from trucks and scans them to speed their delivery to the shelves.
The “FAST Unloader” machine will be in 1,700 stores by the end of the year, up from 400 now.
Walmart’s 4,756 U.S. stores will see “lots more change,” said U.S. Chief Executive Officer Greg Foran said at an October investor meeting. “Roles will change, how we work will change.”
Foran cut the overnight shifts from Walmart’s Neighborhood Market stores in 2017, which are roughly the same size as traditional supermarkets.
Walmart said it expects 95 percent of employees affected by the change to find new jobs with the company.