To help keep shelves stocked as people buy groceries and other necessary items during the potential spread of novel coronavirus COVID-19, H-E-B and its affiliated local stores will be changing its hours starting Saturday.

All H-E-B, Joe V's Smart Shop, Mi Tienda, and Central Market locations in the Houston area will shift their hours, so that the stores will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, until further notice. The change is being made so that store workers can re-stock shelves.

"Please remember that while preparation is important, panic is not necessary," reads a statement by H-E-B released Friday. "We will return to our regular hours and full services as quickly as possible.

Scott McClelland, H-E-B president of food/drug, echoed those sentiments in a video released Friday.

"There's not a need for you to go out and overbuy, because you can come back again tomorrow, and we'll be here each and every day of the week."

This also echoes statements from Mayor Sylvster Turner and Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday, who both urged people to remain calm, and assured that the grocery stores will be able to supply everyone's needs as we steer through this crisis. 

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