Cub Foods is reverting to its normal opening hours immediately, after two months of shortened hours caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
The Twin Cities' largest grocery chain says that effective Monday, 63 of its 78 stores are back to 24-hour opening, while the remaining 15 stores go back to the hours they operated prior to the COVID-19 crisis.
After the pandemic arrived in Minnesota, Cub reduce its hours so that only 13 of its stores were open 24-hours, before adding a further 11 in April.
Despite hours returning to normal, the chain has asked that customers continue to reserve the 6-7 a.m. hours for the elderly and other high-risk populations to get their shopping in.
The retailer has also increased its $2-an-hour pandemic wage increase for its workers through June 6, along with its overtime pay, which has gone from time-and-half to double-time.
"Each and every CUB associate has embraced their role as a critical provider of essential food and grocery items and it’s shown through their dedication to each other, our customers, and to the communities we serve," said Cub CEO Mike Stigers.
"Returning the majority of our stores to 24-hour operations is the next step in providing essential support for all Minnesotans in this time of need."
Since the start of the pandemic, Cub has made a number of changes to improve safety for staff and shoppers, including extra cleaning, the installation of plexiglass dividers at registers, and the requirement for all staff to wear masks.
It is not yet requiring that customers wear masks in store, though it is encouraging it.