Chichester Tesco scrapping 24-hour openings

Chichester's Tesco Extra will no longer be open 24-hours
Chichester's Tesco Extra will no longer be open 24-hours

Chichester Tesco will soon no longer be open 24-hours after it was named as one of the 76 major stores to reduce its hours.

The Chichester Extra store on Fishbourne Road will revert back to shutting at midnight after Tesco bosses conceded it is not doing enough trade during the night and the concept is financially damaging the firm.

The Bognor Extra store on Shripney Road was not on the list.

The cutback comes as Tesco supremo boss Dave Lewis attempts to win back customers who have flocked to discount supermarkets such as Aldi and Lidl.

The move to no longer open the 76 large stories overnight comes 20 years after the first Tesco 24-hour store.

In London, Tesco’s Lewisham superstore and Woolwich Extra store will end overnight shopping in March or April. Around 300 stores will remain open 24 hours, but could be shut overnight if they too are unsustainable.

Tony Hoggett, retail director for Tesco, 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.”

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