LAKELAND, Florida – All Publix stores and pharmacies will begin to close early starting on Saturday, March 14, 2020.
“To better serve our customers, give our store teams time to conduct additional preventive sanitation and restock product on our shelves, beginning Saturday, March 14 we will adjust store and pharmacy hours companywide to close at 8 p.m. until further notice,” the supermarket chain announced on Friday.
Publix shelves have been empty to near-empty on a daily basis as panicked consumers horde toilet paper, bleach, hand sanitizer, disinfectants, paper towels, baby wipes, frozen vegetables, can goods, rice, and pasta in preparation for possible quarantines and self-isolation due to the coronavirus pandemic.
809 of Publix’s 1,243 stores are located in Florida. The remaining stores are in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.