Kroger in Duluth file photo

Kroger’s Atlanta Division announced this past week that it will reduce store hours, starting Sunday. Stores in Georgia, South Carolina and eastern Alabama will now close at 11 p.m.

After fluctuating earlier in the COVID-19 pandemic, Kroger’s store hours in metro Atlanta are changing again.

The grocery store chain’s Atlanta division announced it is reducing its hours, starting Sunday, with 11 p.m. set as the new closing time. The Atlanta division includes stores in Georgia, South Carolina and eastern Alabama.

“The new hours will provide additional time for our associates to clean and sanitize stores in keeping with our COVID-19 protocols, as well as to organize and replenish shelves,” Kroger Atlanta Division spokesman Felix Turner said in a statement.

Like many retailers, Kroger — which closed at 1 a.m. before the pandemic — significantly reduced its hours at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, but gradually extended them back, eventually to midnight.

Now, it is rolling them back again, albeit by one hour.

Kroger said the change does not affect pharmacy or fuel center hours.

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