It's 2 a.m., and you absolutely, positively must buy a box of Cocoa Puffs, stat.
Right now, there are five King Soopers stores in Colorado, including four in metro Denver, that can immediately satisfy your wee-hours cravings. But as of Sunday, February 3, you'll be out of luck. Beginning that day, the last five remaining King Soopers that are open 24 hours a day will begin closing at midnight and reopening at 5 a.m.
Why? "We're continually looking at how we can best serve our customers," notes King Soopers spokesman Adam Williamson, communicating via email. "Based on a recent review of shopping patterns, we are adjusting hours and reallocating resources to better serve our customers during peak shopping hours."
Another way to interpret that statement: The volume of overnight customers wasn't high enough to justify the expense of keeping stores open during that period.
Here's the list of King Soopers that have been operating on a 24-hours-per-day basis:
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3100 S. Sheridan, Denver, CO 80227
1155 E. 9th Ave., Denver, CO 80218
12043 W. Alameda Pkwy., Lakewood, CO 80228
4600 Leetsdale Dr., Glendale, CO 80246
1015 S. Taft Hill Rd., Fort Collins, CO 80521
This is a small percentage of total King Soopers affiliates. Owned by the massive Kroger corporation, the chain boasts 117 stores — 116 in Colorado and one in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Add the branches dubbed City Market, the moniker used on the Western Slope, and the sum rises to 152.
Williamson doesn't divulge how many of the stores once kept doors open around the clock. But he confirms that "these five stores are the only remaining 24-hour King Soopers locations."
Plan your cravings accordingly.