Tesco hours: What is the quietest time of day to go shopping in Tesco?

As shelves were ransacked and left empty at the beginning of the lockdown, certain supermarkets, including Tesco, have operated reducing operating times in a bid to allow staff to re-stock the shelves and help with the massively increased demand. Express.co.uk has all the information so you can make an informed decision on when to do your food shopping in Tesco.

What is the quietest time of the day to visit Tesco?

Quietest times to visit will generally vary on the area you live in and the size of the store.

Generally, early mornings and weekends will be busier than during weekdays.

Customers looking to visit the retail giant can search for their local branch in Google, which will provide customers with a chart showing its busiest times throughout the day.


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Google uses traffic volumes of people based on an average score to calculate the timings, as well as live data from the stores themselves.

Shops are likely to be busy all day at the moment, as most people try to fit their food shopping around your working from home routine.

Generally, it is not recommended for people to go first thing in the morning as this is understood to be the busiest time.

Many shoppers are arriving at shops before they open, meaning long queues are forming outside as people race to be first in.


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The bonus of going early in the morning is that once you get inside, shelves are likely to be fully stocked and plentiful.

If you go late at night, it’s highly likely that stocks will be low, depending on what you need.

You are unlikely to find essentials like bread, eggs and pasta later on during the day.

Other popular items like toilet roll and hand wash are also in high demand as staff do not have time to replenish every item at once.

What if I’m a vulnerable shopper?

Tesco has announced that all their stores, except Express shops, “will be prioritising the elderly and most vulnerable for one hour 

between 9am and 10am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.”

In addition to this, every NHS staff member can shop in bigger Tesco stores an hour before checkouts open, provided they can show a valid NHS ID on arrival.

Take advantage of these hours if you can, as it will give you a head start on your shopping and queue times are very likely to be much shorter.

If you cannot find an item, try asking shop floor staff for help.

As a vulnerable shopper, you may be able to ask staff to keep items aside for you.

You could also consider phoning up your local Tesco store in advance and checking on the state of stock before you make the trip.

Does Tesco have any rationing limits in place?

Tesco has relaxed their three-item limit this week on the majority of stock.

The supermarket says the limit will continue to apply to in-demand products like packet and tinned foods, eggs, flour, pasta, rice and toilet paper.

These changes will apply to both online and in-store shops, while their 80-item cap still applies to online groceries.

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