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Tesco calls time on 24 hour trading at 76 stores

Monday February 1st 2016

Supermarket giant Tesco is to call time on 24 hour opening at 76 of its stores around the UK.

Affected stores, which had previously been open 24 hours, will close their doors to customers between midnight and 6am. The changes to shopping hours will take effect between 14 March and 11 April 2016.

Tesco said the move had been made following changes in customers’ shopping habits due to the growth of online shopping. It added that staff 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.

Tony Hoggett, retail director for Tesco added: “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.”