While supermarkets across the country and continuing to put strict social distancing measures in place, some prefer to avoid busy periods.
People are urged not to visit the shops too often and to make sure social distancing rules are kept ti
Teesside Live has trawled through the Google visiting data of the main supermarkets – including Asda, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Tesco, Lidl and Aldi – to find out the quietest periods to do your shopping.
While the patterns may vary somewhat from store to store, we’ve had a look at the general trends from each brand.
In most Asda stores between Monday and Friday, the quietest times were from 9am to 11am. A lot of stores also see a dip in the late evening, one to two hours before closing.
The busiest times during the week at the Asda in Middlesbrough’s North Street is between 12pm and 1pm .
At the weekend, the pattern changes somewhat, though the first hours after opening continue to be the quietest.
12-11pm is the biggest shopping time for Sainsbury’s in Wilson Street.
Then later n the evening, similar to Asda, there is a notable drop-off in footfall.
At weekends, traffic remains lowest at opening time. It increases steadily until around 1pm before flattening out during the late afternoon.
A decline then typically follows until closure in the early evening.
The Morrisons store in Ormesby Road is fairly busy from 11am through to 2pm. Then quietens.
The best time is 8am and then 6pm to closing at 8pm
At weekends, Google shows 1-2pm as the busiest time to shop across the board.
According to the Tesco Extra store in Coulby Newham the busiest time of the day is between 12pm and 1pm
The quietest time is first thing, so if you can arrive for 9am, you may beat the rush and be the first to reach what was stocked overnight.
At Aldi, if you can free up time in the early morning or early evening, you’re in luck.
Looking at the footfall for Aldi in Yarm Lane, Stockton, the time to visit appears to be at 8am and 9am.
Traffic picks up during the week at about 12pm, possibly due to shoppers running lunch break errands.
The Lidl store in Newport Road sees its busiest time between 5pm and 6pm. So avoid that period.
The quietest periods are 8am and 9am and 8pm and 9pm.