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The Detroit Free Press reports this morning that Farmer Jack, the A&P-owned chain of supermarkets with stores in Michigan and Ohio, has decided to stop operating about 30 of its 77 units on a 24-hour basis. These stores will now close at midnight and reopen at 6 a.m.

A company spokesman told the paper that the decision was made because it is easier to restock stores "when we are not bumping into customers," though store managers said there were few customers to "bump into" during the midnight-to-6 a.m. period.

The company also said the hours cutback was not related to the chain's cost-cutting movement.
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