Aldi has announced it will return to more familiar trading hours after weeks of reduced hours to cope with the unprecedented customer demand for groceries following the coronavirus outbreak.
The supermarket giant announced that from April 6 the majority of locations will be trading from 8:30am until 7pm.
The move comes after Aldi slashed hours in mid-March to help staff restock shelves with the sudden increased demand for groceries. It signals a return to regular hours except for an opening time of 8.30am, instead of 8am, to assist staff prepare the store.
In a media release Aldi Australia said the new temporary trading hours were to provide customers with “greater access to groceries” as it continues to review the hours regularly.
“We will continue to re-evaluate these hours on a weekly basis and communicate the decision to either uphold these hours or return to normal trading hours,” a Aldi spokesperson said.
More than enough food, Aldi says
The supermarket said its staff were “working under immense pressure” to fill shelves and satisfy the ongoing customer demand for groceries.
“Our employees and businesses throughout our supply chain have been working incredibly hard to deliver more products than ever into stores each day.
“We also want to let you know that there is more than enough food to go around; we just need your patience and support.”
Aldi listed four reasons for the new hours and the top priority is to ensure staff are coping with the increased business.
“We want our employees to take a break and look after themselves and their families,” the supermarket said, adding that stores would not be open on Good Friday or Easter Sunday “to give our team members a well-deserved break”.
Aldi said the new opening hours would allow more time for employees to restock shelves and give more time to distribution centres to move stock onto trucks and into stores.
The store’s new hours will also allow for a “thorough cleaning of the stores.”
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