Publix announced new hours of 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. beginning Saturday, and the resumption of normal pharmacy operations. Reserved shopping hours for seniors will be discontinued.

A coronavirus reopening milestone will be reached Saturday when Publix expands its store hours from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. and pharmacies return to regular operating hours.

“Thank you for your patience over the past several weeks while we’ve operated under reduced hours,” a statement on the company’s website reads.

With the expanded hours, the company also announced it is suspending reserved shopping hours for the elderly and immunocompromised.

“We do understand some customers prefer to shop when the stores are less crowded,” Publix officials said. “We encourage you to shop during the first hour of the day, when we can better accommodate that need.”

Publix had been open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. during COVID-19 lockdown. The company designated Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 7 to 8 as senior shopping hours for customers age 65 and older.

The statement also says pharmacies will return to regular operating hours, although it is not clear what those are.

This is a developing story. Check back later for more details.

Kimberly C. Moore can be reached at kmoore@theledger.com or 863-802-7514. Follow her on Twitter at @KMooreTheLedger.

This story originally published to theledger.com and was shared to other Florida newspapers in the new Gannett Media network.



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