Arcades Shopping Centre to Cut Opening Hours: Ashton Review of Shops Extra

Sunday trading hours to apply seven days a week at popular shopping centre

From Monday 23 March, the Arcades Shopping Centre will see a marked reduction in its daily opening hours. At present, the shopping centre is open from 8am to 6pm on weekdays and Saturdays, with Sunday opening from 10am to 4pm.

After Mother’s Day, the Arcades Shopping Centre will only be open from 10am to 4pm – seven days a week. To misquote the words of Stephen Patrick Morrissey, every day will be like Sunday.

At this very moment, there is no change to weekday and Saturday opening hours in the neighbouring Ladysmith Shopping Centre. Normal opening hours will also apply at the Clarendon Mall Shopping Centre, Hyde.

The changes are due to the Coronavirus outbreak and Britain being in the ‘delay’ stage in containing the pandemic. It is also consistent in following the lead taken by other retailers in restricting opening hours.

Changes to supermarket opening hours

Across the UK, there has been significant changes to supermarket opening hours, in a bid to improve stock control and deter panic buyers from calling in at 2am. The Guardian has come up with a handy cut-out-and-keep list of supermarket opening hours and restrictions on certain items.

In the Tameside area, here’s how this would affect our retailers. Please note that during this time that fresh food counters may be closed. Some retailers will impose a cap on the number of items you can purchase.

Tesco

Regular superstores in Stalybridge and Droylsden; Tesco Extra in Hattersley; Tesco Express stores in Haughton Green and Ashton-under-Lyne; One Stop stores in Audenshaw, Hattersley, Hollingworth and Gee Cross.

All Tesco stores (whether standard superstores, Express, Metro or Extra forms) will close at 10pm. At Stalybridge and Hattersley, this will mean the temporary cessation of 24 hour opening from Monday to Saturday. All One Stop stores and Tesco Express stores will see no change in opening hours.

At their Stalybridge, Hattersley and Droylsden stores, a Priority Hour between 9am and 10am will be introduced on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. This will see the stores open for elderly and vulnerable shoppers.

ASDA

Regular superstores in Hyde and Ashton-under-Lyne; plus ASDA Supermarket branch in Hurst.

For ASDA’s Hyde and Ashton-under-Lyne stores, there will be no 24-hour opening from Monday to Saturday. Therefore, stores will open at 6am, closing at 12 midnight. This will not affect the ASDA Supermarket in Hurst which closes at 10pm.

Morrisons

Regular superstores in Denton, Hyde and Dukinfield.

Unlike its competition, Morrisons have had no intention of adopting 24-hour opening times. To improve stock control, Morrisons is closing its superstores at 8pm instead of 10pm on weekdays and Saturdays.

Sainsburys

Regular superstores in Denton and Ashton-under-Lyne.

Instead of closing early, Sainsburys have elected to close their fresh food counters.

ALDI

Branches in Stalybridge, Hyde and Ashton-under-Lyne.

As well as restricting purchases to four of each item, ALDI stores will be closing at 8pm.

Lidl

Branches in Denton and Ashton-under-Lyne.

No restrictions as yet. In other words, Lidl says, “Don’t be a selfish a…hole and think of other shoppers.”

Co-op

Branches in Mossley, Audenshaw, Newton, and Dukinfield [Fir Tree Lane].

Purchases restricted to two of each item. No changes to opening times.

S.V., 20 March 2020.

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