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Ex-Tesco employee shares top secrets including when to grab a bargain

An ex-Tesco employee has shared his secrets including the best times to get a bargain and get fresher food.

With more of us going to a supermarket more than ever during a pandemic, we want to make sure we get the best bargains and the best food possible.

And with many of us trying to make our money go as far as possible, it’s important we can utilise all our knowledge to make sure we get the best deal.

Now one former employee who user to work at Tesco has decided to come forward and share the best times you should visit the store and the best time to visit for a bargain.

The employee has revealed secrets to MyLondon that customers might want to know.

Bryan Roberts, 48, worked at Pinner Green Tesco, in Harrow, as a Customer Service Assistant for almost a year.

Bryan said ‘the earlier or later the better’ if you wanted to shop at a quieter time.

He said: “As soon as it opens or near closing time is when it is the most quiet.

“The downside to going late is there might not always be the choice you might be looking for.

“The pro is [the supermarket] is very quiet, the con is they might have sold some stuff.”

The ex-customer assistant also said the pandemic had transformed the usual times we would shop.

“In the old days you’d say Friday, Saturday Sunday were the busiest days of the week but that’s been totally turned on its head,” he said.

Bryan worked for Tesco for almost a year

“We had Tuesdays that were busier than a typical Saturday.

“As we get back to some normality it might settle back into the usual, being quieter Monday-Thursday, but at the moment it’s impossible to say.”

Bryan also revealed the best time to visit the store if you are after a bargain.

He said: “In theory you get the final reductions going out at about 3pm or 4pm.

“Late afternoon and evening is usually when the final reductions go out; if you are desperate for a bargain that is usually the best time.

“However, this differs to the time you should visit the supermarket if you want the freshest selection of products in store.”

Bryan added: “The majority of supermarkets get stocked overnight, all the fruit and veg goes straight on the shelves or to the warehouse to be replenished.

The British supermarkets are brilliant at providing the freshest possible produce [but] getting there first thing in the morning you are going to get the widest choice of stuff.”

So there you have it.

For the freshest food, shoppers should visit ‘first thing in the morning’.

If you want to avoid other shoppers, you should visit ‘as soon as it opens or near closing time’.

And if you are in need of a bargain, the ‘late afternoon and evening’ is usually the perfect time.



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