Here are the quietest times to carry out your food shop at the five main supermarkets in Salisbury, as well as the busy times to avoid. 

The news of the new Covid variant, Omicron, has increased uncertainty and led to the return of restrictions such as mask wearing.

For those who want to avoid the crowds during their grocery shopping, the Journal has put together a list of the quietest times to shop in Tesco, Sainsbury's, Lidl, Aldi and Waitrose.  

The article is based on information available on Google based on visits to each supermarket, and is worth checking live by googling the supermarket in question and seeing popular times.  

Tesco Extra - Southampton Road 

The busiest time period to shop in Tesco from Monday to Friday is usually between 12pm and 1pm.

The busiest day is Saturday, where the whole time period between 11am and 4pm is listed ‘as busy as it gets’. 

On Sunday the busiest times to shop are between 11am and 2pm. 

The quietest times on weekdays are in the mornings, between 6am and 10am and in the evenings, between 9pm and midnight. 

The quietest times on Saturdays are in the mornings between 6am and 10am and evenings between 7pm and midnight. 

On Sundays the supermarket is only open between 10am and 4pm and it is usually at least a little busy between these times, although 10am and 3pm are less busy. 

Sainsbury’s Superstore - The Maltings 

The busiest time period to shop from Monday to Thursday is between 12pm and 1pm, and on Friday between 1pm and 2pm. 

The busiest day is Saturday, where the whole period of 11am til 1pm is listed ‘as busy as it gets’, with a peak at 12pm. 

On Sunday the busiest time period is between 2pm to 3pm. 

The quietest times on weekdays are in the mornings, between 7am and 11am and in the evenings, between 5pm and 8pm. 

The quietest times on Saturdays are in the mornings, between 7am and 9am and evenings, between 6pm and 8pm. 

On Sundays the supermarket is only open between 10am and 4pm and not too busy between 10am and 11am. 

Lidl - Hatches Lane

The busiest days to shop at Lidl are Saturdays and Sundays.  

During the week the most busy the Lidl gets, according to Google, is only a ‘little busy’. 

The quietest time periods to shop on weekday mornings are generally between 8am and 10am and between 7pm and 10pm in the evenings. 

The quietest times on Saturday are between 8am and 9am, and between 7pm and 10pm. 

On Sundays the supermarket is open between 10am and 4pm, and this whole time period is marked as at least ‘a little busy’ with the quietest times before 11am and after 3pm. 

Aldi - London Road

The busiest days to shop at Aldi are Sundays. 

During the weekdays and Saturdays the most busy Aldi gets, according to Google, is ‘usually a little busy’.

The quietest time periods to shop on weekday mornings are generally between 8am and 10am and between 7pm and 10pm in the evenings. 

The quietest times on Saturday are between 8am and 10am, and 7pm and 10pm. 

On Sundays the supermarket is open between 10am and 4pm, and this whole time period is marked as at least ‘a little busy’ with the quietest time between 10am and 11am. 

Waitrose - Churchill Way

The busiest days to shop at Waitrose are Saturdays and Sundays. 

During the week the most busy the supermarket gets, according to Google, is only a ‘little busy’. 

The quietest time periods to shop on weekday mornings are generally between 7.30am and 10am and between 6pm and 8pm in the evenings. 

The quietest times on Saturday are between 7.30am and 10am, and between 6pm and 8pm. 

On Sundays the supermarket is open between 10am and 4pm, and this whole time period is marked as at least ‘a little busy’ with the quietest time after 3pm.

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