Here is what time to shop at the supermarket to meet as few people as possible

Distributors are starting to position themselves on the subject. Auchan’s side, a tweet from the brand encouraged the French from Monday, March 16, the day before confinement, to “give preference to afternoon shopping” to avoid the crowds in the morning. Same story for the distributor Système U: its president, Dominique Schelcher, also gives advice via Twitter. “In a period of containment, the frequentation of our stores has also completely changed.” He details the busy hours of the Super U store in Passy in Haute-Savoie (74) via a poster which, according to him, is “representative of the number of visitors during the day” from other stores of the brand (see below) ).

Monday, ‘busiest’ day at Système U

The busiest schedules for customers would therefore be between 8:30 am and 1 pm, the crowds then being “moderate” between 1 pm and 4 pm, to become “calm” between 4 pm and 7 pm. It is therefore better, if you want to meet as few people as possible, do your shopping rather in the afternoon, or even at the end of the day. Another recommendation for the Sytème U group stores, avoid coming to the supermarket on Monday which has become the “busiest” day as Dominique Schelcher indicates.

Stores that close earlier at Carrefour, Lidl, Franprix or Monoprix

Before going out to do your shopping, be aware that your supermarket may have changed its hours recently. Within the chain of independent Intermarché stores, the recommendation at the national level is to maintain “the current opening hours, without reduction of the hourly amplitude”, according to information from Business Insider France. The explanation is as follows for the distributor: “a wide hourly amplitude allows customers to better distribute their arrival during the day”. The Intermarché brand is a group of independent networks, so it remains to be seen how this recommendation will be applied in stores in France.

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