Asda Confirms Extended Olympic Opening Times
By Laura Elliott.
Walmart-owned retailer Asda has announced that it does plan to stay open for longer on Sundays during the London 2012 Olympics. A total of five Asda stores close to the Olympic Park will remain open for 24 hours on eight Sundays, the first of these commencing on the 22 July.
The news follows the governments’ decision in March to lift restrictions during the Olympic period, including during the Paralympics. Other Asda stores in London will remain open from 9am to 10pm, while stores in the rest of England will remain open until 8pm.
Asda is now the first of the UK’s Big Four supermarkets to confirm that it will take advantage of the new Sunday opening rules. Sainsbury’s has already claimed that it does not expect to experience an increase in business aside from in a small number of stores. The chain, along with Tesco, is still deciding whether or not to open their larger stores for longer.
However, Asda’s decision will offer customers “greater flexibility in the way they shop” during the games, said Asda spokeswoman Victoria Pourzand
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