Supermarket giant Woolworths has announced a national change to the trading hours of its in-store deli, meat and seafood sections.

The grocer said the move to standardise operating hours of its counters across Australia is due to a shift in customer shopping behaviour and to “offer a consistent customer experience across our store network”.

“We’ve made a change to the trading hours of our fresh service counters nationwide, due to a shift in customer shopping behaviour,” a spokesperson for Woolworths told

Woolworths wish to “offer a consistent customer experience” across their store network by altering operation hours. (Janie Barrett)

“This includes our meat, seafood and deli counters.

“Customers can still purchase similar products, such as chicken breast fillets and salmon, within our packed Fresh Convenience range located in-store.

“Select stores across the country will open one hour later or close one hour earlier to align with other stores and better match customer shopping patterns.”

The changes mean Woolworth’s Fresh Service Deli will open from 7am to 8pm, seven days a week.

The Seafood and Meat Counters will trade from 9:30am to 7pm on weekdays, and 9am to 7pm at the weekend.

Woolworths fresh service deli, seafood and meat sections to see a change in operation hours. (Janie Barrett)

A handful of stores will operate longer fresh service counter hours due to high customer demand at those specific stores.

Woolworths have placed signage at the Fresh Service areas and at the front of stores for customers to be informed of the altered trading hours.

The changes come following a handful of trials across New South Wales stores in May.

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