Grocery stores and big-box retailers have made a ton of changes over the past couple of months as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, from shorter hours to senior shopping hours to making non-essential goods unavailable to customers.
Now, a number of chains have discontinued their weekly store ads — aka “circulars.” From concerns about available inventory to discouraging in-store foot traffic, retailers have varying reasons for stopping their circulars.
National stores who have stopped publishing weekly circular ads
Regional stores who have temporarily stopped publishing weekly circular ads
Stores who have altered their weekly circular ads
- Albertsons: Reduced size of weekly ad amid inventory concerns
- Costco: Monthly coupon book suspended, available online
- Giant Eagle: No longer delivering weekly ad; shorter version available in stores
- Hy-Vee: Suspended production/distribution of its circular; online version only
- Kroger: Shorter ads (5 pages)
- ShopRite: Circulars have been adjusted to only feature items that have sufficient supply
- Sparkle: Print version no longer produced; shorter version online
- Sprouts Market: Shorter publication (2 pages)
- Target: Suspended print circulars, shortened online version
- The Fresh Grocer: Shorter version to account for inventory