WORTHINGTON — Soon there will be even more helpful smiles in every aisle of the Worthington Hy-Vee store — from 5 a.m. to midnight daily, anyway.

Effective Monday, the local supermarket will no longer be open 24 hours a day — but this switch, which is similar to that of most stores within Hy-Vee’s eight-state region, will benefit customers, according to Worthington Hy-Vee store director DeWayne McIntyre.

“These changes are happening store by store in different markets, and we are really excited about this,” said McIntyre.

“It’s 100% to reallocate some of our team members to busier times of the day — morning, afternoon and evening — and provide even better customer service.”

Currently, McIntyre reported, 20 employees work the overnight hours at the Worthington Hy-Vee; none will be laid off.

“We’re able to move most of them to other shifts, so there will be more team members available to help customers,” said McIntyre.

“A few will continue working overnight while the store is closed to customers, cleaning and stocking shelves.”

Nevertheless, other department hours will remain the same.

“Our C-store will still be open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., and departments within our store, like the pharmacy and deli, will keep the same hours they’ve had,” said McIntyre.

McIntyre is confident the new store hours will be a benefit for customers and staff alike.

“We’ve been preparing for this, and we’re ready,” said McIntyre.

“The employees have given us a lot of positive feedback, and this is definitely a good thing, especially for our customers.”

Windom Hy-Vee store director Jason Anderson said his location will adjust its hours to 5 a.m. to 1 a.m., also effective Monday.