There are always false reports about changing opening times or even closings of discounters, supermarkets and drugstores. t-online.de asked Aldi, dm & Co. That is the answer.
Shopping is canceled, leisure activities are severely restricted and those who can should better stay at home: The restrictions in public life because of the Corona virus are becoming more and more drastic.
However, basic services should continue to be secured. Grocery discounters, supermarkets and drugstores are excluded from the closings. Nevertheless, you can read in the social networks that they will close in a few days or at least severely limit their opening hours. Many Germans are unsettled by these false reports.
Do the opening times of grocery chains change?
For example in Bavaria. The Free State is the first federal state to expand its shop opening hours for certain shops. Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) wants to prevent the population from buying hamsters. The following outlets are now open until 10 p.m. on weekdays and until 6 p.m. on Sundays:
- Super Market
- Gas stations
However, this does not mean that each of the points of sale mentioned will also offer extended opening hours. Ultimately, the stores themselves decide how long customers can shop there.
Halle / Saale: These shops are open on Sundays
Individual cities such as Halle / Saale in Saxony-Anhalt also allow supermarkets, banks, drug stores and other shops to remain open. In order to avoid that there are large crowds of people in shops, the State Administration Office announced on Thursday in Halle.
“The decision will come into effect tomorrow and will apply to the coming weekend. It will expire on April 19, 2020,” it says.
Specifically, the following shops and facilities may remain open: grocery, beverage markets, banks and savings banks, pharmacies, drugstores, medical supply stores, branches of Deutsche Post, newspaper and magazine retail, food retail in the travel industry, dry cleaners and laundromats.
Opening times: That’s what Aldi, dm & Co. say
But what is the current situation nationwide? Are discounters, supermarkets and drug stores planning to change the opening times of their sales outlets when the situation gets even worse? So far, extended opening hours have not yet been ordered by the state. Will these stores still open longer?
Sunday sales: No Sunday openings planned for the time being
t-online.de asked the big food and drugstore chains. The unanimous message: everyone is aware of the seriousness of the situation.
On the one hand, the dealers want to fulfill their supply mandate for the population, on the other hand, they want to protect their employees, particularly in sales and logistics.
This is one of the reasons why large grocers such as Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd are currently not planning any Sunday openings. Only the drugstore chain dm points out that this decision will be made by the dm teams on site.
Upon request from t-online.de, the discounter with over 2,200 branches in Germany explains that “the normal opening times of our branches still apply”. Spokeswoman Verena Lissek adds, however, that Aldi Nord “is currently watching the dynamic developments very closely” and that the company is in close contact with all relevant authorities and decision-makers.
Carolin Kunsleben from Aldi Süd also says that “there are currently no plans to extend opening hours or to sell on Sundays”. As a responsible employer and family-oriented company, Aldi Süd has a high level of social responsibility towards the workforce, says Kunsleben.
Nevertheless, Aldi Süd wants to continue to monitor the situation closely. And: “We will react flexibly to the necessary regulations on the part of the federal government.”
Likewise, at the drugstore chain dm with almost 2,000 stores nationwide, everything remains as it was. Christoph Werner, chairman of the dm management board, says: “Our dm stores generally remain open.”
Queue in front of a dm drugstore: The company currently wants to stick to its opening hours. (Source: Jochen Tack / imago images)
However, Werner restricts that the current exceptional situation could lead to occasional dm stores not being open temporarily or having different opening times. “The decision on whether a store will also be open on Sundays is made by the local dm teams themselves.”
Penny and Rewe
The discounter Penny and the second largest German food retailer Rewe, both of which belong to the Rewe Group, are opening their outlets as before. Press spokesman Kristina Schütz and Andreas Krämer say t-online.de: “In view of the current situation of a stable supply of goods, we see no need to change the opening hours.”
The supermarket chain based in Neckarsulm has already opened its branches nationwide from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and offers customers enough time to do their shopping. “We are therefore currently not planning to change our shop opening times,” spokeswoman Andrea Kübler said. And: “Since our branches are constantly being supplied with new goods, the supply of goods is still ensured.”
Likewise, Rossmann, the second largest German drugstore chain with 2,196 stores, is not planning to close. Spokeswoman Kim Güttler confirms that “all branches are still open to our customers”. No information was given on any changed opening times.
Hamster purchases due to coronavirus: Many consumers fear that shops could close and buy products beforehand. (Source: Eibner / imago images)
Even with Netto there are currently no changes to the opening hours. The discounter with its 4,260 branches, however, monitors the current developments related to the corona virus and is in close contact with the responsible authorities and health authorities. Should immediate measures be necessary in Germany, Netto is able to react quickly.
At the moment, all Lidl branches are open during the usual opening hours. The discounter is currently not planning to expand it. But: “Of course we reassess the situation every day,” says Melanie Pöter, Press Office Lidl Germany.
Edeka also does not consider extended opening hours necessary. “Many employees are already at the limits of their resilience. Opening up one more day would further exacerbate this situation,” says Jennifer Teichert of the Edeka press team. The supply of food to customers is also ensured with the existing opening times nationwide, according to Teichert.
Opening times: that’s what the users say
But do customers want longer opening hours? On social media, some users are demanding that opening hours should be left as they are now. So a user writes to the address of Rewe, Aldi, Netto, Kaufland and Globus:
Posted by Jessii Pedone on Tuesday March 17, 2020
Think of your staff who are already driving to the limit. They also have families and the same fears and worries as we all do! What the retail staff is currently doing is enormous and deserves our greatest respect!