Tesco ends 24-hour trade in 76 stores

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Tesco is ending 24-hour shopping at 76 of its stores - around one in five of those currently open around the clock.

The company says the growth of online shopping means that certain shops had few customers during the night.

Normal night time activities - such as refilling shelves - will continue in the supermarkets so Tesco says the impact on employees will be "minimal".

The move is Tesco's latest effort to turn around its business which has been hit by challenges on several fronts.

The outlets affected will close between midnight and 6am and four hundred staff will be "affected".

Tesco says it will do its best to make sure all staff affected are "found a new position either in their existing store or stores local to them".

The outlets include those in Mickleover Superstore, Derbyshire, Flitwick Superstore in Bedfordshire and Dereham Extra in Norfolk.

There are currently about 400 Tesco stores open 24 hours a day.

"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 their doors at 6am," said Tesco retail director Tony Hoggett.

This is the latest step in chief executive Dave Lewis' shake-up of the supermarket's business. Since he joined the company in September 2014 he has put Tesco's focus on price cuts and putting more staff in stores in an attempt to revive the company's fortunes.

Tesco's problems

  • Accounting scandal revealed in autumn 2014. Serious Fraud Office investigation still underway
  • Under price pressure from discounters like Aldi and Lidl
  • Decline in market share
  • Reports its worst-ever results in April 2015 with a annual pre-tax loss of £6.4bn. Loss mainly due to falling property values, plus changing shopping habits and rise of discounters.

These are the branches that will no longer be 24 hour:

  • Addlestone Extra
  • Barnstaple Superstore
  • Basildon Extra
  • Bexhill Superstore
  • Bishops Stortford Superstore
  • Bridlington Superstore
  • Buckingham Superstore
  • Burnage Superstore
  • Catterick Garrison Superstore
  • Cefn Mawr Superstore
  • Cheltenham Superstore
  • Chepstow Superstore
  • Chichester Extra
  • Cirencester Extra
  • Clay Cross Extra
  • Clitheroe Superstore
  • Clowne Superstore
  • Congleton Superstore
  • Coventry Walsgrave Superstore
  • Cumbernauld Extra
  • Derby Mickleover Superstore
  • Dereham Extra
  • Dingwall Mart Road Superstore
  • Dunfermline Extra
  • East Didsbury Superstore
  • Evesham Worcester Road Superstore
  • Exmouth Superstore
  • Flitwick Superstore
  • Formby Superstore
  • Fulbourn Cherryhinton Superstore
  • Glossop Superstore
  • Gloucester Brockworth Extra
  • Gloucester Superstore
  • Goole Boothferry Road Superstore
  • Halifax Aachen Way Superstore
  • Hall Green Superstore, Solihull
  • Harlow Church Langley Superstore
  • Haverfordwest Extra
  • Helston Superstore
  • Hemsworth Superstore
  • Hereford Abbotsmead Superstore
  • Hertford Superstore
  • Hexham Extra
  • High Wycombe Loudwater Superstore
  • Hinckley Superstore
  • Ingleby Barwick Superstore
  • Inverurie Extra
  • Leicester Extra
  • Leighton Buzzard Superstore
  • Lewisham Superstore
  • Littlehampton Superstore
  • Lowestoft Leisure Way Superstore
  • Maldon Extra
  • March Hostmoor Ave Superstore
  • Mold Superstore
  • Nottingham Carlton Superstore
  • Orpington Extra
  • Royston Extra
  • Sheffield Infirmary Superstore
  • Skegness Superstore
  • Sleaford Superstore
  • South Wigston Superstore, Leicester
  • St Austell Superstore
  • Stoke-on-Trent Superstore, Kidsgrove
  • Stroud Superstore
  • Sudbury Superstore
  • Taunton Superstore
  • Toton Extra
  • Truro Superstore
  • Uttoxeter Superstore
  • Walsall Brownhills Superstore
  • Welshpool Superstore
  • Whitehaven Superstore
  • Whitstable Extra
  • Woolwich Extra
  • Workington Superstore

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