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Tesco Ireland extends store trading hours for Christmas

Over 40 stores to open 24 hours during Christmas week

Tesco Ireland will extend opening hours across its stores to support a safe and easy shopping experience for customers during the festive season; with over 40 of the retailer’s large stores due to open for 24 hours trading during Christmas week.

Select Tesco extra and superstores will open from 7am Monday 21st December on a rolling 24-hour basis. More general extended store openings across the entire 151 store portfolio will be in place from Friday 18th December, as follows:

  • Monday 14th – Thursday 17th December normal store hours – 7 or 8am until 10 or 11pm as standard per store;
  • From Friday 18th December, extended hours in majority of stores* 7am – Midnight; with over 40 stores opening for rolling 24 hours from 6am Monday 21st until 7pm Christmas Eve, Thursday 24th December.

*see store locator on for individual store hours which may vary.

In the weeks leading to Christmas until Friday 18th December, Tesco continues to support customers who are over 65, family carers and those who are extremely medically vulnerable with dedicated access to stores pre-9am Monday to Friday.

During Christmas week, Tesco will be providing this group of customers with priority access to stores all day with Tesco colleagues manning store car parks, external queues and entrances. “Here to Help” colleague teams will be on hand to welcome customers to the store and support with additional assistance with their shopping if they need it.

Kari Daniels, CEO, Tesco Ireland, commented, “The safety of colleagues and customers remains our number one priority and we continue to make changes within our stores as we prepare for the Christmas trading period. We hope that these extended hours, up to 24 hours in 40 of our larger stores during Christmas week, will help make the shopping trip easier for our customers.

Our store teams have gone above and beyond this year and we acknowledge their continued hard work in helping serve our shoppers this Christmas.”

Tesco stores will be replenished with daily deliveries, often multiple times per day with fresh produce and family favourites that customers need in the run up to Christmas. Tesco continues to invest in store safety in line with public health protection.

Customers visiting stores can be assured that they will have a safe and easy shopping trip over the festive season, managed by:

  1. Counter technology to strictly managing customer numbers in store;
  2. Additional physical distancing and face covering signage at our stores; extra Plexiglass at every checkout, increased hand sanitisation stations at store entrances and exits, and wet weather canopies where required;
  3. Ongoing store cleaning routines will be maintained throughout the 24-hour rolling opening hours;
  4. Additional 700 colleagues on hand to help find favourite products in store;
  5. New Scan as You Shop technology at almost 70 stores, for a speedier shop; with every checkout manned in the week in the lead up to Christmas to speed up the customer journey; and
  6. Expanded Click and Collect services with 11 new sites nationwide for those who don’t wish to visit stores.

Customers are encouraged, to help avoid a last-minute rush to consider shopping earlier, at off-peak times (pre 11am, post 7pm) and to shopping alone where possible, although it is recognised that this won’t always be feasible.

This Christmas, Tesco colleagues working across its stores and distribution will receive a 10% bonus on the hourly rate, in acknowledgement of their incredible effort to date. Colleagues will also receive a doubling of their “colleague shopping discount” from 10 per cent to 20 per cent from 15 December to 21 December.


  1. Carlow Square, Carlow
  2. Ennis, Clare
  3. Ballincollig, Cork
  4. Douglas Extra, Cork
  5. Mallow, Cork
  6. Midleton, Cork
  7. Letterkenny Square, Donegal
  8. Artaine Castle, Dublin
  9. Ballybrack, Dublin
  10. Cabra, Dublin
  11. Dundrum TC, Dublin
  12. Merrion, Dublin
  13. Rathfarnham, Dublin
  14. Rush, Dublin
  15. Swords Holywell, Dublin
  16. Tallaght, Dublin
  17. Ballinasloe, Galway
  18. Oranmore, Galway
  19. Killarney Park, Kerry
  20. Tralee Manor, Kerry
  21. Celbridge, Kildare
  22. Kildare Town, Kildare
  23. Newbridge, Kildare
  24. Portlaoise Extra, Laois
  25. Carrick-on-Shannon, Leitrim
  26. Dooradoyle, Limerick
  27. Newcastle West, Limerick
  28. Dundalk Extra, Louth
  29. Ballina, Mayo
  30. Claremorris, Mayo
  31. Ashbourne, Meath
  32. Bettystown, Meath
  33. Navan, Meath
  34. Tullamore Square Extra, Offaly
  35. Sligo Town, Sligo
  36. Clonmel Extra, Tipperary
  37. Ardkeen, Waterford
  38. Mullingar, Westmeath
  39. Wexford Extra, Wexford
  40. Bray, Wicklow
  41. Wicklow Town, Wicklow


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