The convenience of 24-hour shopping is about to change at the Williston Wal-Mart as it prepares to close its doors from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. beginning August 15.
As reported by the Williston Herald, the Williston Wal-Mart is one of five stores in North Dakota that will be reallocating resources by doing away with its 24-hour policy to better prepare the store for business. The Williston location, which was unscathed by nationwide protests demanding higher wages, offers 17 dollars per hour in order to retain employees, one of the highest wages of any retailer in the nation.
Along with other businesses, the Williston Wal-Mart had to fight to support the surge of workers coming to the region and became one of the stores with the highest sales volume in the country. But even as crucial to the community as the store has been, shelves are often empty and left in disarray, something the Wal-Mart brand deemed unacceptable.
“After researching customer shopping patterns, we made a decision that we wanted to allow a few hours of reallocating resources,” Wal-Mart spokesman Brian Nick told the Herald. While some core job positions will be eliminated due to the adjusted hours, Nick said, “Our first priority is to take care of our associates. We can have associates transferred within the store to other responsibilities.” Employees have been offered other positions within the store or have been offered shift changes. If all else fails and the employee has been working there full-time for over a year, the employee will be offered a severance package. To read the original article, click here.