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Tesco to axe 24-hour opening at 76 of its larger stores

Tesco is calling time on 24-hour opening at 76 of its larger supermarkets as the grocer seeks to make “more efficient use” of resources.

According to Retail Week, the supermarket giant said the affected stores – which represent around a fifth of the 400 Tesco stores that currently operate around the clock – would close at midnight and re-open at 6am following the changes. 

It comes just four months after Retail Week revealed that Tesco had canned 24-hour opening at two of its larger stores.

Tesco insisted the latest changes to opening hours, which come into effect in the spring, are designed to “improve the shopping experience for customers,” freeing up staff to replenish products on the shelves overnight in a bid to improve availability each morning.

It added that making “more efficient use” of time and resources would allow the business to make cost savings, which it could pass on to customers.

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