Tesco calls time on 24 hour trading at stores

Opening hours will be reduced at 76 Tesco stores around the country ‘to improve the shopping experience for customers’.

Affected stores, which had previously been open 24 hours, will close their doors to customers between midnight and 6am.

The supermarket chain said the move means more staff time will be freed up to replenish products on the shelves overnight, ‘which will mean better availability of products, and better looking stores when they open their doors to customers each morning’.

Tesco retail director Tony Hoggett said: “We’re always thinking about how to serve our customers better in each of our stores, and with the growth of online grocery shopping, these stores saw very few customers during the night.

“It makes much more sense for colleagues at those stores to focus on replenishing the shelves instead and making sure they’re fully stocked when they open their doors at 6am.

“We’ll continue to make changes in-store in ways that will make shopping at Tesco a better experience for our customers, at the times they want to shop.”

The changes will take effect between March 14 and April 11. There will be no other change to the night operation in these shops, so the impact to colleagues is expected to be minimal.

Tesco began 24 hour trading in 1996 and approximately 400 stores are open 24 hours a day.

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