Woolworths has announced major changes to its trading hours, with the supermarket giant saying shifts in customer behavior have prompted the nationwide move.
Many stores in Australia will open an hour earlier or close an hour later on Tuesday to align opening times more consistently across the country, Woolworths said.
In addition, the opening hours of the retailer’s delicatessen, fish and meat departments will be reduced.
“We have changed the opening hours of our fresh food counters across the country due to a shift in customer shopping behaviour,” a Woolworths spokesperson confirmed on Tuesday.
“We have also moved to standardize our general opening hours so that we can provide a consistent customer experience across our store network.”
The changes will be rolled out across Australia after being trialled across NSW in May.
Woolworths’ delicatessen will now trade from 7am to 8pm seven days a week, while fish and meat shops will be open from 9:30am to 7pm on weekdays and 9am to 7pm on weekends.
The changes will affect all stores except a handful of stores, which will remain open longer as they still have high customer demand.
Woolworths said customers could still buy similar products, such as chicken breast fillets and salmon, in the store outside of the fresh counter opening hours.
Signs on the front of each Woolworths and at each fresh food counter will inform customers of opening times in individual supermarkets.
In addition, information on the opening times of local Woolworths stores is available online.