(REUTERS/Joshua Lott) The new 142,000 square foot Wal-Mart is seen hours before the grand opening in Chicago, September 27, 2006.
Wal-Mart is making a major change to many of its stores.
Even though the retailer is known for being a 24-hour store, roughly 40 of its 24-hour supercenters will close for a few hours a night, Bloomberg reports.
"It’s something that is monitored in terms of customer shopping habits, and when we monitor customer shopping habits ... we see peak shopping hours are during the daytime and early evening hours," Brian Nick, Wal-Mart's director of media relations, explained to Business Insider. "Closing the store for … a few hours during the night does provide us an opportunity to reallocate resources and get the store in the kind of condition we want for customers when they’re shopping our stores most frequently."
In 2013, Bloomberg reported that customers were choosing to skip shopping at Wal-Mart for other supercenters, like Target and Costco, because shelves were not stocked.
This decision may or may not greatly affect the employees who had been working the overnight shift.
"Associates currently working overnight in a position that would no longer be needed will in many cases be offered a position within the store," Nick said to Business Insider. "And second that would be the potential to be transferred to a nearby store, and if those two options weren't chosen — then if an associated decide just on their own tenure or timing or anything like that they wanted to choose severance, severance is available to full-time associates who have been working for the company for a year." He said he expected most associates to be transferred.
Nick told Business Insider this change is something there will be more of throughout Wal-Mart supercenters.
Wal-Mart has been making several changes as of late. The company recently made an attempt to shake its image as a low-paying retailer by promising to raise all of its employees wages to $10 — at minimum — by February 2016. Additionally, Wal-Mart has been implementing high-quality produce departments, to the point the retailer could rival Trader Joe's and Whole Foods as a grocer.
The company is also stepping up its register game by testing a new barcode-scanning technology service to eviscerate long lines.