Brandon Walmart closes for cleaning as part of anti-COVID initiative


BRANDON, Fla. (WFLA) — Walmart announced Monday that it would be temporarily closing its Brandon location to allow cleaning crews to sanitize the store.

Walmart has been closing its supermarkets in multiple cities as part of a company-wide initiative to help combat COVID-19 by cleaning their locations.

“As an essential business and a member of the Brandon community, we understand the role we play in providing our customers with food, medicine and other essential items, especially at this time,” Walmart said in a written statement.

The Brandon location at 11110 Causeway Boulevard is set to reopen at 6 a.m.

Walmart will continue doing health assessments for its associates and requiring masks for unvaccinated associates after the reopening.

Belfor crews were spotted at the store Monday night.

Casey Hughes was one of many people who showed up Monday to shop, or in her case, pick up her daughter’s medication. She says she normally gets notifications from the pharmacy, but this time she didn’t, so she learned the news just like everyone else when she read the sign on the door.

“There was no notification,” Hughes said. “This is for her education so it’s detrimental.”

The pharmacy was open with alternative pickup options, but Hughes her daughter’s medication is on backorder, so she still wasn’t able to get it. 

Walmart’s Lakeland and Auburndale were also without customers for a few days last week for the same reason.

“I think it’s great but people need to get a vaccine, that’s what they really need to be doing,” customer Diana Mimms said.

Hillsborough County’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard shows almost 300,000 cases in the county as of Monday, which is up nearly 40% in the last week.

Hughes says she understands why the store closed, but didn’t like the confusion along the way.

“I’m going to have to go and let her doctor know I can’t get her medication,” Hughes said.

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