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EDINA, Minn. -- Beginning Monday, Feb. 18, Lunds and Byerly's supermarkets, which have long been 24-hour-a-day operations, will close at midnight in favor of a 6 a.m.-to-midnight schedule. All stores will convert to the new hours of operation with the exception of the St. Cloud, Minn. Byerly's, which will close at 11 p.m.
"The major reason for closing during the overnight hours is that it will enable us to better focus our resources on the hours when the vast majority of our customers are shopping in our stores, which is during the day and evening," Lunds and Byerly's spokesman Aaron Sorenson told Progressive Grocer.
"We've built our reputation in this market for pretty exceptional customer service," added Sorensen, "so we see this as opportunity to further enhance service, by shifting our staff schedules to more daytime and evening hours, which will mean more people working in our checkout area, and elsewhere throughout our stores, to further enhance our service levels."
Byerly's has had stores open around the clock since 1971. Lunds started opening its stores 24 hours in the 1990s.