Tesco’s Olympic Opening Times
By Laura Elliott.
UK market leader Tesco has announced that it will remain open for 24 hours on Sundays during the London 2012 Olympics. 200 of the retailer’s largest stores will be affected by the new opening times, following Asda’s earlier announcement that it would extends its opening hours over the course of the Olympic period.
From July 22, “the majority” of Tesco’s Extra shops will be open round the clock. As reported by The Grocer, a spokesman for Tesco said that “We’ve listened to what our customers and our staff have told us about Sunday opening hours during the Games. They would like to see more flexibility, so we plan to open our stores across England and Wales for longer. Our Extra stores will be open for 24 hours, while Superstores and selected Metros will open for extended hours.
“We want to strike the right balance between making sure our staff can enjoy the events and giving our customers the convenience of shopping before or after the sporting action, as they can for the rest of the week.”
As previously reported by International Supermarket News, last week Walmart-owned retailer Asda announced that it was extending the opening hours at its stores during the Olympics. However, Sainsbury’s chief executive, Justin King, has openly opposed the move.
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