The quieter times of the day in supermarkets such as Tesco, Aldi, Asda, Sainsbury’s and more


With supermarkets being one of the few stores allowed to remain open during the government shutdown, it is understandable that many are much busier than usual.

Retailers are now asking buyers to minimize the number of times a week they visit by purchasing once a week instead of making multiple trips.

Many stores have now implemented measures to help customers stay away and reduce the spread of the virus. Tesco announced this week that it will be implementing a one-way aisle system in all of its stores.

Besides social distancing measures, other factors to consider before visiting your local supermarket are that many now have special hours for the NHS and the elderly and these hours should be avoided if possible to help these customers. to get their essentials.

With so many changes, all of this may sound really confusing, but if you’re sitting there wondering when would be the best time to shop, our colleague from LancsLive has provided you with a detailed overview of that.

They scanned Google visit data from major supermarkets (Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Lidl, Aldi and Morrisons) to give a guide to the best times to shop.


Overall, Tesco stores tend to follow the same model.

Although reasonably busy on Monday afternoons, with an average of 13 hours being listed as the most popular time with a wait of up to 20 minutes, weekdays tend to be quieter than weekends .

The best times to go from Monday to Thursday are before 11 a.m. and after 4 p.m.

Fridays are considerably busier than the previous four days, peaking around 1 p.m. and Wednesdays after 3 p.m. are the quietest for buyers – with a wait of less than 10 minutes.


Mondays and Fridays tend to be the busiest weekdays for Asda stores, with peak hours on Mondays much longer than other days.

Those who shop at Asda could expect to wait up to 25 minutes on a Monday anytime between 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Saturdays are also much busier than Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, but the maximum waiting time (20 minutes) lasts only 90 minutes between 12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.


Saturday is by far the busiest day of the week at Aldi, with peak hours from 11 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Outside these six and a half hours, attendance tends to be significantly lower.

In the same way as other supermarket chains, mornings and weekday evenings before 11 a.m. and after 3 p.m. tend to be quieter with shorter customer wait times.


Like Tesco, Wednesday tends to be the quietest day for shopping in Sainsbury without waiting for a “rush” of more than 15 minutes.

Customer traffic on this day tends to be constantly weak, with the calmest weather before 10am.

By comparison, Friday is a busy day, with people waiting up to 20 minutes anytime between 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

On Thursday, rush hour is only between 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., where customers can expect to wait up to 20 minutes.

As expected, Saturdays tend to be busier, with customers waiting up to 25 minutes anytime between 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.


Tuesday to Thursday will be the quietest days of the week in Morrisons.

Monday is surprisingly busy, with wait times of up to 20 minutes between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., while Saturdays can see similar crowds of customers for six hours between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.


Wednesday is the quietest day of the week, while the evenings and early mornings tend to be good throughout the day. Try at the end of the day on Saturday (after 6 p.m.) if you need to do your shopping on weekends.

Saturdays are very busy from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Friday tends to be busier than other days of the week, especially between 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.


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