The downtown Auburn Wegmans will no longer be an option for midnight snack runs.
In signage recently posted inside the 1 Loop Road supermarket, management of the Auburn Wegmans announced that it will stop being open 24 hours a day beginning Monday, July 15. The store's new hours will be 6 a.m. to midnight. Management said on the sign that the change "allows us to better align our resources with the times when the majority of customers shop."
Evelyn Ingram, director of media relations for Wegmans in Onondaga and Cayuga counties, told The Citizen the Auburn supermarket had been seeing "modest" amounts of customers after midnight.
Ingram added that the change should not impact the store's employees.
"We always make sure we utilize our resources in a way that will not affect our employees in a negative way," she said.
The regional supermarket chain's Auburn location is not the first to end its overnight hours. Wegmans in the Rochester suburbs of Irondequoit and Gates made the move in June, and locations in Amherst, Buffalo and Niagara Falls did so in 2018. In Auburn, fellow supermarkets Walmart and Tops remain open 24 hours a day.
On The Citizen's Facebook page Wednesday, the majority of commenters were unhappy with the news.
"I have been shopping between 4-6 AM for years (I don't deal with crowds well). I can adjust a little so that I don't get to Wegmans before 6, but it is a drag, to be sure," said Karin Wikoff.
"I absolutely hate going to big stores like Walmart and I work overnight from time to time and wegmans is my go to store. Really wish they wouldn’t follow through with this," said Bri Michelle.