Tesco, Asda, Marks & Spencer: Quietest times to shop as social distancing measures relax

Some supermarkets have adjusted their opening hours to help manage queues during the coronavirus crisis. These are the best times to shop in Tesco, Asda, Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury’s as supermarket social distancing rules change.

Google data shows the busiest and quietest times for customers to stop by.

This may vary depending on the size of the store and which area it is in.


Opening times in most stores are back to normal which means shoppers have plenty of time to stop by.


Shopping on weekdays is usually quieter in Tesco stores but there are the biggest queues at around 1pm.

Visiting branches on a Wednesday after 3pm is thought to be the quietest time with shoppers less likely to queue.


Opening hours have been extended by two hours in many Asda branches, with most stores open between 7am and 12am.


Shopping times were cut at the beginning of the lockdown but these have now been extended.

Sainsbury’s website said: “To reduce queuing times both inside and outside our stores we have been extending our opening hours.

“The majority of our supermarkets are now open from 07.00 to 22.00 and we encourage you to visit our stores throughout the day to avoid queues when stores open in the morning.”

While stores are open for longer, shopping before 9am, or between 1am and 3pm on weekdays is the quietest time.

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