Valley Walmart says crime not a factor in decision to reduce hours

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by HONORA SWANSON & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on February 5, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Updated Sunday, Nov 24 at 4:57 PM

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -- The newest Walmart in the Spokane area will no longer run on a 24-hour per day schedule.

Situated on Sprague, it’s seen its fair share of crime since the shop opened in October, but managers say that isn’t the reason. The company examined the store’s customer numbers over the last few months, and reducing the hours seemed like the best decision.

The store will now remain closed from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Some local shoppers say this is the most convenient location for them, and they aren’t ready for the change.

“For me that was perfect. I used to work a late swing shift, so that would be the only time [to shop],” patron Charles Stanfield said.

A Walmart representative says the store is confident it will still be able to meet customers’ needs, despite some concerns.

Incidentally, this Walmart has also had several problems with crime since its opening. In fact, the sheriff’s office says deputies have been responding to thefts nonstop since October, including just recently when a suspect used a hatchet to break into an iPad display case. Walmart says crime did not affect their choice.

An employee told KREM 2 the late night workers will likely stay on staff because there’s still plenty of stocking to do.

The new hours go into effect Sunday.

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