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    Schnucks Relaxes Rocking ‘Round the Clock

    Grocer says demand doesn't warrant keeping some markets open 24 hours

    Two Schnucks stores that were previously open 24 hours have scaled back their hours.

    These St. Louis-area supermarkets – in Dardenne Prairie and High Ridge – are now open 6 a.m. to midnight; 28 of Schnucks 67 metro St. Louis stores are open 24 hours.

    Lori Willis, Schnuck Markets spokeswoman, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Schnucks began re-evaluating its 24-hour stores several years ago when a factory closed nearby one of its stores. Without the plant’s late-night shift, there was no longer a need for the late hours.

    Willis told the P-D that grocer decided operating hours on a store by store basis, and if there’s not enough traffic in the later hours, it’s not cost-effective to maintain round-the-clock operation. “Our goal is to operate our stores in as efficient a manner as possible in order to keep costs down,” she told the P-D.

    Back in April, the management team at Culinaria, Schnucks’ downtown St. Louis grocery store, proposed closing the store two hours earlier, at 8 p.m., the P-D reported. But when some downtown residents objected, the store manager reconsidered the proposal and instead scaled back operations by just one hour, to 9 p.m., on weekends.

     

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