KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Some Kansas City-area grocers are reducing store hours on Easter Sunday to give employees a chance to rest and spend time with their families.
Grocery stores are considered essential businesses and have remained open through stay-at-home orders issued by the governors of Kansas and Missouri due to COVID-19.
Ball's Food Stores, which operates a number of Hen House Market, Price Chopper and Sun Fresh stores throughout the metro, will close all locations at 3 p.m. April 12 "so employees can have a rest and spend time with their families," a spokesperson said.
Ball's stores had already been closing early daily, at 8 p.m., for cleaning, sanitizing and restocking.
A spokesperson for Price Chopper said all 51 of its stores will close at 3 p.m. Sunday, "in order to give teammates time with family, while still allowing customers ample time to shop."
“As the local family-owned grocer, Price Chopper knows the value of putting family first,” Casie Broker, chief marketing officer of Price Chopper Enterprises, said in a news release. “Our teammates are working tirelessly to keep the shelves stocked and stores open. Now more than ever, they want extra time to spend with family.”
Hy-Vee stores in the Kansas City area will operate on normal hours on Easter Sunday, a company spokesperson said, including an hour reserved for high-risk shoppers from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.