Shopping & Supermarkets
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New licensing laws in Scotland mean that Scottish stores and supermarkets can only sell alcohol between 10.00 and 22.00 Monday to Sunday. You must be at least 18 years old to buy alcohol from a shop.
Anyone who appears under the age of 25 can be challenged to prove their age when attempting to purchase alcohol or any other age restricted products.
For more information on the sale of alcohol in Scotland check our dedicated page on Alcohol licensing hours.
Tesco are everywhere in Scotland and the UK with almost 3,000 stores. They are also the country number one fuel retailer.
Tesco stores exist in different sizes from small stores conveniently located in the city centre (Tesco express) to big double storey hypermarkets.
They are the equivalent of the French Carrefour, the US Wallmart and Morrisons, the Spanish Mercadona, the Italian Coop Italia, Loblaw Companies Ltd in Canada, Metro AG in Germany or Delhaize in Belgium.
The smallest Tesco stores will still supply more than enough fresh food, groceries, drinks, baby products (ideal when you're running out of nappies at 2 am and you need some now!), health & beauty products, pet foods and DVDs.
As for the bigger stores, they will have all of that but in larger quantities, with more choice and a wider range of products including TVs, washing machines, clothes, computers, pharmacies, petrol stations, travel money.
Except for the stores in the city centre, the others will have ample car parking with allocated places for disabled drivers and families right at the entrance.
The store locator will help you find the nearest Tesco and will detail the opening hours for each individual store.
All Tesco stores open 7 days a week and most of them open as early as 06.00 or 07.00 and close late e.g. 23.00 or midnight. Some of the largest stores are open 24/24 during weekdays and late at the weekend.
Tesco does provide a home delivery service called "Delivery Saver" when you order online. You shop in a virtual store offering 1,000s of brands and you can select your own delivery slot. The 3 month groceries plan offers good value for money.
Sainsbury’s is also a giant of the grocery industry. They have stores conveniently located in the city centre as well as larger supermarkets throughout Edinburgh.
No matter the size of the store, you’re certain to find plenty of fresh products like fruits, vegetables, meat, fish and bread, everyday essentials. Sainsbury’s online sells everything for the house, from sofas to kitchens and from bathrooms to gardening.
The bigger Sainsbury’s have cafes, pharmacies, Bureau de Change (0% commission), dry cleaning shops, key cuttings and photo processing facilities within their premises.
Sainsbury’s stores are easily recognizable with their big orange letters.
The store locator will help you find the nearest Sainsbury’s and will detail the opening hours for each individual store.
All Sainsbury’s stores are open 7 days a week and usually between 07.00/08.00 to 22.00/ 23.00.
Sainsbury’s also provides a home delivery service when you order online. The website is very visual and user friendly and here too you shop in a virtual store offering 1000s of brands. You can select your own delivery slot (delivery charge from £3.95 to £4.95) and choose between standard, next day or name day delivery.
Did you know?
All leading supermarkets in Scotland offer a “cashback” service. When you are at the checkout simply tell the member of staff that you want £10, £20, etc cashback. For instance, if you purchase goods for £6.10 and ask for £10 cashback, you will pay £16.10. This is very convenient and saves you a trip to the cash machine particularly when some of them do charge a fee to withdraw money!
Asda is another giant in the world of supermarkets and they have put some emphasis in the last few years on how they are cheaper than the other two direct competitors, Tesco and Sainsbury’s. Whether this is the case is almost impossible to determine.
You don’t often see a small Asda store in the city centre as they tend to be fairly big and located just outside the centre. This means that you need to use public transport of your own vehicle to go shopping at the bigger Asda stores. Once there, they offer pretty much the same choice as Tesco and Sainsbury’s.
The store locator will help you find the nearest Asda and will detail the opening hours for each individual store.
The stores in Edinburgh are open 7 days a week with two of them opened 24/24 and the other from 08.00 to 22.00, Monday to Sunday.
Scotmid is a Scottish cooperative owned by consumers. They are very keen to promote fairtrade, animal welfare (they don't test any of their own brand cosmetics on animals), environment, etc.
They have convenience stores located throughout the city and the chance is that there is one close to where you live particularly if you live in a popular area.
You will find fresh Scottish products throughout the year e.g. milk, sausages, beef, mince, cheese, water, fruits and vegetables.
The store locator will help you find the nearest Scotmid and will detail the opening hours for each individual store.
Scotmid stores are open 7 days a week and the opening hours vary according to location and store size. Some are open 24/24 whereas most of them open between 07.00 and 09.00 in the morning and close between 20.00 and 23.00 at night. Opening hours are shorter on Sundays.
You can buy products online from all leading Scottish supermarkets. There is usually a fee for the delivery.
Aldi stores - See store finder.
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