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Coronavirus impact: Stores cut down on hours or close until further notice

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Posted at 6:32 PM, Mar 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 11:11:21-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Amid coronavirus fears, retailers in San Diego County and around the world are trimming operating hours to focus on cleaning and restocking. Some stores are even closing until further notice.

The shopping frenzy continues as residents prepare to hunker down for weeks at a time. Many not being able to get essentials they so desperately need.

"All the toilet papers were gone, and they were limiting the number to one per client," shopper Midori Kato said.

Some said they found a way to bypass the chaotic crowds.

"Because I live close, like 300 feet from Ralphs, I finally figured out to go at 11:30 or midnight," one man told 10News.

But not anymore. Many grocery stores announced they are shortening their operating hours.

Von's supermarkets are now open from 7 am to 9 pm. Ralph's parent company, Kroger, announced nationwide, that they will only be open from 8 am to 8 pm to focus on deep cleaning and restocking shelves. Trader Joe's stores began limiting the number of shoppers in their stores. Starting Monday, they will only be open from 9 am to 7 pm.

Some shoppers said, instead of rushing into stores and hoarding up supplies, we need to work together.

If you have to have a loaf of bread, and your neighbor doesn't have any, give them half," shopper Gloria Mitrovich said.

But some companies are not taking any chances and have decided to close their stores entirely.

Effective immediately, Apple announced that its retail stores would be closed until March 27, 2020. Nike said beginning Monday, all retail stores outside of Asia would be shut down, also until March 27, 2020. The apparel company, Urban Outfitters, closed all of its stores globally until at least March 28, 2020. They said employees would continue to be paid during the shutdown.

However, all three companies said their online stores would remain open.