Coronavirus: Asda changes opening times at supermarket stores across the UK

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Asda has announced it’s changing its opening hours to allow shoppers to visit stores at quieter times throughout the day.

The supermarket shared the news on social media, telling customers trading hours between Monday to Saturday would be extended.

From Wednesday, stores will be open for longer across the UK. It comes after the supermarket giant temporarily reduced trading times to help cope with demand last month, following a surge in panic-buying and stockpiling.

Posting on Twitter, Asda told shoppers: “Most of our stores are now open for longer to allow you more time to shop with us.

“Stores will now be open Monday to Saturday 8am to 10pm. Normal Sunday trading hours will remain the same.”

The supermarket added: “We replenish our stores throughout the day to make sure you can get everything you need, whatever time of day you shop with us.”

However, it’s worth noting that selected stores within shopping centres will close earlier than 10pm – you can check your local store’s opening times using the supermarket’s online store locator tool.

Asda’s priority hour for NHS staff and carers remains the same.

Asda is prioritising frontline workers in larger stores every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8am to 9am

The store is prioritising frontline workers in larger stores every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8am to 9am. As well as Sundays 9am to 10am for browsing.

The grocer’s new opening times follow Aldi and Morrisons who have also introduced longer hours after hiring thousands more workers.

Aldi previously reduced trading times by two hours to allow staff to replenish stock but has since reopened between 8am and 10pm.

Morrisons, which has also introduced social distancing measures outside all of its stores, said branches will be open for longer from Tuesday, April 14.

Stores will open at 7am Monday to Saturday – and will close at 8pm each night.

On Sundays, stores will open at 9:30am and close at 4pm. In Scotland, trading hours will run from 8am to 8pm.

The grocer’s hours will be extended further for NHS workers who continue to have priority access to all stores from 6am to 7am Monday to Saturday.

The first 30 minutes of trading every Sunday will also be dedicated to frontline healthcare workers.

Morrisons is also giving all NHS workers a 10% discount as a ‘thank you’ for their hard work during the coronavirus pandemic.

The grocer said the new 10% initiative will run until July 12, and will give all those working on the frontline a discount on their weekly shop.

It’s part of two new initiatives being rolled out this week – including a new telephone support service for those who are unable to place their orders over the internet.

Customers will be able to place their orders over the phone – and arrange for their items to be delivered the next day.

They can choose from a ‘takeaway’ menu of 47 essential groceries with options including milk, butter, eggs, potatoes, pasta, bananas, cornflakes and flour – with the items all packed by a picker at their local store.

Customers who wish to place an order can do so by calling 0345 611 6111 and selecting option five.

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