No longer a 24 hour grocery store

Harris Teeter has changed their hours and will not be open 24 hours anymore

As a college student, we enjoy stores and fast food places that are open at horrific hours. After all, we are up at horrific hours in the library or binging a movie series with our friends. As a part of CNU’s student population, it is safe to say that the Harris Teeter hours changing has caused an uproar on campus. 

A great aspect about Harris Teeter was the proximity to campus it was. If a student wanted to go get cookie dough, then they were able to walk over to Teeter and get it within 20 minutes. Another great aspect was the time Harris Teeter is open. Take the cookie dough example and put the time at 3:30 a.m. on a Wednesday. If that student wanted cookie dough, then Harris Teeter was there waiting for them to come get it. That is no longer the case. 

Harris Teeter was originally open 24 hours until a few weeks ago. With the new hour change, Harris Teeter will now be closing at 12 a.m. and opening back up at 6 a.m. We have not received any comment from Harris Teeter on why the store has chosen to change their hours, but the CNU students sure have something to say about the hour changes.

When asking fellow students their opinions on the hour change, there was not much support. All seem to have a disapproval over the closing hour being at midnight. Junior Sean Leary said, “I would say that it is an issue for me because I am very much not a planner. Sometimes I need stuff like contact solution. I more than likely did not remember I need something until the moment, and with Harris Teeter’s old hours, then I can go over and get it. If it closes at midnight, then I may not be able to make it over there to get essentials. Overall, I believe it is beneficial to the workers at Harris Teeter because being open 24/7 is emotionally and physically draining due to the long hours.” Sean brought an important downfall about the new hours to the surface. Students are busy with clubs, jobs and academics. They might not be able to get over to the store until much later at night, perhaps after midnight. 

Along with Leary, sophomore Mackenzie Sanner was quick to voice her disapproval in the hour changes. With much enthusiasm, she stated: “It should have stayed 24 hours. A friend and I went at 12:30 a.m. one night to get some snacks in the midst of a study break and could not go in to buy any!” Not only are students dealing with not getting essentials at any time, but some are not able to receive pick-me-up snacks while studying. Sophomore Sammy Lyon shared a similar reaction as Sanner did to the change of hours, “I do not like how the hours at Harris Teeter have changed. Being a college student, sometimes you need to take a trip to Harris Teeter at strange times. With no information being told as to why the hour change was put into effect, my guess is that there were not enough people to staff night hours, so they could not keep it open at night.” 

Lyon also shared a story about when she went to Harris Teeter in the middle of the night with one of her friends. “It had been a stressful few days leading up to the event. My friend and I decided to go to cookout and decompress over milkshakes. It was around 11:30 p.m. when we left campus. After spending a little over an hour at cookout sharing laughs and tears, we decided we wanted a change. There is no better way than spontaneously deciding to dye your hair pink to get over a hard week. On the way back to campus, we decided to go to Harris Teeter to get hair dye. Once back at campus we dyed our hair, temporarily, pink. It was so much fun and such a good way to get over a hard week. That has been one of my favorite memories of this semesters. My memories might be altered now due to the lack of hours Harris Teeter will be open.”

Overall, the hours changing at Harris Teeter will have a lasting effect on the daily life of the Captains. Whether it is crossing Warwick to go get the essentials or going to go get a savory treat, Harris Teeter is embedded in the campus culture of CNU. It has brought students closer and allowed them to live their daily lives free of any time constraints. Unfortunately for the captains, they are going to have to adjust when they do their shopping and spontaneous events to be in between 6 a.m. and 12 a.m.

~Caitlyn Bauske, Staff Writer~

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