24 hour opening axed for March supermarket but Chatteris Aldi to open soon

General View of the new Aldi in Chatteris ANL-160131-172916009
General View of the new Aldi in Chatteris ANL-160131-172916009

Supermarket giant Tesco has called time on round-the-clock opening at its March store as demand for night-time shopping wanes and online purchasing grows.

The Hostmoor Avenue shop is one of 76 nationwide where 24-hour opening will end.

Its store in Cromwell Road, Wisbech, will be unaffected by the move.

Meanwhile, retail developments in Wisbech will soon see Bodgers, the former machinery sales and repair shop in Lynn Road, turn into a Dominos pizza restaurant.

Tesco said its move to abandon 24-hour shopping in March will have “minimal” impact on staff, with no redundancies expected.

The change will come into force between March 14 and April 11, when opening times will change to between 6am and midnight.

Tesco said the rise in popularity of online shopping meant it was no longer seeing many customers in stores overnight.

Tony Hoggett, Tesco retail director, said staff would still work during the night to re-stack shelves and get stores ready for the next day’s trading.

He added: “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.”

Meanwhile Aldi has announced that it will be opening its new store in Chatteris in March.

Builders have been transforming the former Co-op store for months. It will open on March 3.