Clitheroe Tesco store to halt 24-hour opening

Tesco 24-hour opening
Tesco 24-hour opening

Round-the-clock shopping at Tesco’s Clitheroe store will end in March as the supermarket giant cuts back on 24-hour opening.

The store in Duck Street is one of 76 nationally which will now revert to closing at midnight after Tesco bosses conceded they are not doing enough trade during the night and the concept is financially damaging the firm.

Nationally, one in five of Tesco’s 400 full-size stores and superstores will be affected.

Tesco introduced 24-hour opening 20 years ago, but sales have been affected by online shopping – including its own door-to-door service – and competition from German discounters Aldi and Lidl.

The company said normal night time activities, such as refilling shelves, would continue and the impact on employees would be minimal.

Teso retail director Tony Hoggett, said: “We’re always thinking about how to serve our customers better in each of our stores and with the growth of online grocery shopping, these stores saw very few customers during the night. It makes much more sense for colleagues at those stores to focus on replenishing the shelves instead and making sure they’re fully stocked when they open at 6am.”

Tesco has been fighting to win back customers under chief executive Dave Lewis by focusing on price cuts. Last year it announced it worst-ever results with an annual pre-tax loss of £6.4billion.