Blow as supermarket plans to end 24-hour opening

Tesco Extra in Leigh
Tesco Extra in Leigh

A Leigh supermarket will no longer open 24 hours a day.

Tesco has announced plans to end 24-hour opening at 20 of its stores, including the Leigh Extra store on Derby Street, off Spinning Jenny Way.

“We’re making some changes to the way a small number of our stores operate to help us run them more simply and deliver the best possible service to customers.”

Tony Hoggett, Tesco UK chief operating officer

The supermarket has been open since 2011, when it was built as part of a major retail and leisure park development on the site of the former Barlo radiator works.

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

It announced in January that 76 of its stores would be hit by the move.

Tony Hoggett, Tesco UK chief operating officer, said: “We’re making some changes to the way a small number of our stores operate to help us run them more simply and deliver the best possible service to customers.

“Where there have been changes to a colleague’s role we will work with them to ensure they are fully supported.”

The Tesco Extra store on Central Park Way in Wigan will still open continuously from 6am on Monday to midnight on Saturday, as well as from 10am to 4pm on Sunday.