Extended opening hours and earlier NHS access at Hunslet Morrisons

The Morrisons store at the Penny Hill Centre in Hunslet will extend its Monday to Saturday opening hours by opening an hour early from Tuesday 14 April.

Customers will be able to shop normally between the hours of 7am and 8pm from Monday to Saturday and from 9.30am to 4pm on Sundays.

NHS staff will be able to use an ‘NHS Hour’ between 6am and 7am from Monday to Saturday and between 9am and 9.30am on Sundays, the supermarket has announced.

Previously, general opening hours had been between 8am and 8pm from Monday to Saturday.

The store’s cafe has changed to a takeaway service since the coronavirus outbreak and it is offering a doorstep delivery service to the elderly and vulnerable.

Special opening hours and provisions at other supermarkets

NHS workers and carers have priority at Asda between 8am and 9am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Asda has also launched a Volunteer Shopping Card to help the vulnerable or those self-isolating shop without using cash.The card is bought online and can be printed and sent to a volunteer shopping on behalf of someone else. Payment is made in store using the card and the shopping items can be left in a safe place.

The Sainsbury’s store at the White Rose Centre is giving priority to NHS workers between 7.30am and 8am from Monday to Saturday, while carers, elderly and disabled customers have priority from 8am to 9am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

At Aldi on Tunstall Road and Middleton Park Road, NHS, police and fire service staff have priority in queues on all days and may enter 30 minutes before opening time on Sundays.

Aldi stores are also open 30 minutes early for browsing for the vulnerable and customers over the age of 70 from Monday to Saturday.

Co-op has introduced a dedicated shopping hour for NHS workers, the elderly and carers from 8am to 9am on Monday to Saturday and between 10am and 11am on Sundays.

Iceland is reserving a special hour to NHS workers, the elderly and vulnerable in its last hour of trading every day.

Although Tesco has introduced a browsing hour for NHS workers on Tuesdays and Thursdays, it hasn’t applied it to its Express stores, excluding the stores on Dewsbury Road, Bridgewater Place and Leeds Dock.

At Marks and Spencer stores, the first hour of trading is reserved for vulnerable and older customers on Mondays and Thursdays, and for NHS staff, emergency workers and health and social care workers on Tuesdays and Fridays.

These groups of people will have exclusive use from 9am to 10am from Monday to Saturday and from 11am to 12pm on Sundays at its stores at Crown Point and the White Rose Centre.



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5 Replies to “Extended opening hours and earlier NHS access at Hunslet Morrisons”

  1. Is that all just for NHS workers? What about others like private care sector employees eg. Nursing homes staff etc.??

    1. Each supermarket seems to be adopting a slightly different approach, please check the chart at the bottom of the article.

  2. Not very clear opening times etc?
    Is it just NHS staff early doors or are carers allowed entry to Morrisons early as well please?

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