Woolworths stores return to normal trading hours from Monday
From this Monday, Woolworths will be going back to normal trading hours and community hour will begin phase-out.
Woolworths stores around the country will return to normal trading hours from Monday.
This comes as sales return to pre-coronavirus levels and product limits lifted on essential items such as rice, pasta sauce, noodles, cleaning products, sugar and eggs.
"Over the last nine weeks, it has been both interesting and gratifying to see how we, as a community of grocery shoppers, have adapted to this time of dramatic change," Woolworths Group CEO, Brad Banducci said in an email to customers today.
"It shows just how resilient and resourceful we are."
From this Monday, Woolworths community hour will also be phased out and replaced with a permanent 10 per cent discount on delivery for the over-60s.
"We'll phase out the Community Hour we introduced at Woolworths during the demand surge, but after receiving a lot of constructive feedback, it's something we wouldn't hesitate to bring back if required," Mr Banducci said.
"In parallel, later today we will start offering a permanent 10% discount on Delivery Unlimited for over-60s."
Mr Banducci said despite the return to normal trading hours, health and safety measures across Woolworths stores will not be affected.
"At the moment, we don't foresee the need for any significant new social distancing or hygiene initiatives, but we do continue to fine tune and adapt what we already have," he said.
"To help with customer flow and social distancing in some of our smaller stores, we're introducing one-way aisles, which you'll start to see in many Metro branded stores from this week."
Extended hours for late-night Thursday shopping at BIG W have also been reinstated.
Customers are encouraged to check their local Woolworths and Big-W trading hours.
Reduce in panic-buying
Woolworths has confirmed that it is back in supply of everyday essentials, with toilet paper sales dropping by 4 million rolls last week, well-below sales from the corresponding week last year.
"This week we are on track to sell between 9m and 9.5m rolls, well down on our peak of 39.7 million rolls a week in mid-March or 11m rolls this time last year," Mr Banducci said.
Ease in demand means that many product limits have been lifted - just six categories remain with limits in place, down from 45 at the height of the surge.