Closed on Easter: Stores including Lowe's, Trader Joe's, BJ's Wholesale Club will be closed because of COVID-19

Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY

More retailers will be closed for Easter than in past years because of the coronavirus pandemic.

In addition to the long list of companies that have temporarily shuttered stores due to COVID-19, some grocery stores that have traditionally kept their doors open on the holiday will be closed to give employees a day off.

Many stores also have reduced hours to give staff time to restock shelves and clean in addition to special hours for seniors and those most vulnerable to the virus.

Trader Joe's, Sprouts Farmers Market, BJ's Wholesale Club and Southeastern Grocers  (BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie) are among the retailers who have announced they will be closed April 12, a change from last year. Not all companies have announced 2020 plans.

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Trader Joe's advises shoppers in an announcement on its website to fill "your Trader Joe's baskets with Easter fare early" because stores will be closed "to give our incredible Crew Members a much needed day of rest."

BJ's Wholesale Club, which has 218 locations, said in a statement that all clubs will be closed "to give team members a day to rest and recharge."

Stores traditionally closed on Easter include: Costco, Sam's Club and Target. Malls and department stores, most of which are closed because of COVID-19, also have stayed closed on Easter in past years, while home improvement stores have stayed open, along with gas station convenience stores and drug stores.

Sears, which has closed hundreds of locations in recent years, has been one exception in past years. This year, stores will be closed as the retailer announced in a news release that all stores would be closed Saturday through "at least April 30."

Lowe's announced Tuesday that all stores and distribution centers in the U.S. and Canada would be closed for the holiday, a change from past years.

“We want to provide our teams with a much-deserved day off to spend Easter Sunday with their families and loved ones and recharge," Marvin Ellison, Lowe’s president and CEO, said in a news release. "We will take steps to ensure that no hourly associate loses scheduled hours or has a reduction in pay as a result of closing on Sunday."

Easter 2020 closings

The following stores have announced they will be closed on April 12. More stores are expected to announce plans in the coming days. 

Aldi (Stores are closed except for California locations, according to the Aldi website.)

Big Lots

BI-LO

BJ's Wholesale Club 

Costco

Giant Eagle

Hannaford Supermarkets

Harveys Supermarket

H-E-B

Jay-C Food Stores

Lowe's

Michaels

Publix

Sam's Club

Schnucks 

Sears

Sprouts Farmers Market

Target

Trader Joe's

Winn-Dixie

What's open Easter 2020

Hours can vary and not all locations will be open. Most pharmacies will be closed. Check before heading out, but note holiday hours might not be listed on websites.

Acme Markets: Stores close 3 p.m. Sunday.

Albertsons: Hours vary, use the store locator to find your location's hours.

City Market: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Copps: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

CVS: Most stores are open but pharmacy hours vary.

Dillons: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Dollar General: All stores will close at 5 p.m. 

Dollar Tree: Most locations open regular COVID-19 shortened hours.

Family Dollar: Hours can vary.

Food 4 Less: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Food Lion: Normal hours.

Foods Co.: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Fred Meyer: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fresh Market: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fry’s Food Stores: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Giant Food Stores: 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Harris Teeter: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Home Depot: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

King Soopers: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Kroger: Hours vary and are posted at www.kroger.com.

Lidl: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Meijer: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Metro Market: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Pay-Less Super Markets: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pick ‘N Save: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Price Chopper: Stores will close at 3 p.m.

QFC: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ralphs: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Safeway: Hours vary, use the store locator to find your location's hours.

Save A Lot: Hours vary. Corporate locations will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Smart & Final: Stores closing at 3 p.m.

Smith’s Food and Drug: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Stop & Shop: Stores will close at 5 p.m., Poughkeepsie Journal, part of the USA TODAY Network, reported.

Tops Friendly Markets: Stores will close at 4 p.m.

Walgreens: Most stores will be open but some pharmacies will be closed. 

Walmart: Most will be open the special COVID-19 hours, which are 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Whole Foods Market: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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