Most of the UK’s supermarkets will be closed on Monday as a mark of respect on the day of the Queen’s funeral. The day, September 19, will be a bank holiday.
That means that banks and Post Offices will be shut as they normally would be on a bank holiday. However, other retailers have also said they will close their doors – a move usually only seen on Easter Sunday and Christmas Day.
Lidl, Aldi, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, M&S, Asda and Tesco have all confirmed that most of their stores will close. There will be some exceptions, with smaller stores along the funeral route being available to wellwishers and others being open in the evening.
Morrisons has not yet confirmed its plans. Argos, B&Q and Poundland, John Lewis and Primark have also confirmed that they will not open their doors.
M&S said it will also halt deliveries to customers. Stuart Machin, chief executive at M&S, said: “All of us at M&S – and indeed across the country and beyond – feel a real and deep sense of loss and sadness at the passing of Her Majesty, as well as huge respect for the grace with which His Majesty King Charles III and the wider royal family have led the nation in our mourning.
“It is right that we make changes to our operational arrangements on the day of the funeral to ensure our colleagues across our stores and distribution network can participate, whilst supporting customers as they show their respects too.”
He added there will be “limited exceptions in London and Windsor”, where M&S will serve customers paying their respects to the Queen. These stores will be shut during the funeral itself, the retailer highlighted.
Franchise stores at travel locations and in public service sites, such as hospitals, are expected to remain open on Monday.
Information supplied from Martins Money Supermarket newsletter