Vinmonopol soon to be open longer on Saturdays

VinmonopoletVinmonopolet.Photo: Gorm Kallestad / NTB scanpix

On Saturday, 5th of September, will be the first friday in the country with sales open up to 4pm at Vinmonopol.

Overall, a total 188 stores will be open longer on Saturdays from that day, other stores to follow later in December and March next year.

Parallel to the Storting changing the framework for Vinmonopol’s opening hours in June, the National Institute of Public Health (FHI) was commissioned by the Ministry of Health to evaluate the possible effects of the change in opening hours. 

In order to ensure FHI and the authorities most efficient and precise evaluation, the changes will be phased in batches among Vinmonopol’s stores. 

The first pool includes stores in Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim, Bodø, and Tromsø.

The next batch of 72 stores will follow on the 1st of December and the last 75 on March of next year. 

-”The background for the Storting’s decision changed shopping habits in the population. People shop more and more late on Saturdays, and many of Vinmonopol’s stores, especially in the cities, close while they are full of customers.”, says Communications Manager, Jens Nordahl, of Vinmonopolet to NTB.

Given the risk of corona disease, extended opening hours on Saturday will also probably reduce queues. 

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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