Retailers such as Primark and John Lewis will have to close their stores next Monday for the Queen’s funeral.
Primark confirmed it will close all of its 191 High Street stores on Monday September 19, which has been confirmed as a bank holiday due to the Queen’s State Funeral.
The value fashion chain said its stores will reopen the next day at normal hours.
A Primark spokeswoman said: “Our UK stores, depots and head office will be closed on Monday 19 September to allow our colleagues to pay their respects and attend the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
“We will reopen as usual on Tuesday 20 September.”
Meanwhile, John Lewis confirmed it will also be closing all of its stores as a show of respect.
Parent company The John Lewis Partnership said it would close John Lewis department stores and Waitrose supermarkets throughout the day for the funeral.
Andrew Murphy, Chief Operating Officer of The John Lewis Partnership said: “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Her Majesty The Queen.
“We will close our stores on the day of her funeral out of respect and because we believe this is the right thing to do for our partners and customers.”
It added that there may be “a very limited number of Waitrose stores” close to the route of the funeral procession, which will remain open to serve the nearby public.
It stressed that these shops would be closed during the funeral itself.
Retailers are not required to close their doors on the day of the funeral, and others may choose to open at reduced hours, as many regularly do on other bank holidays.
Government guidance reads: “Some companies may wish to consider closing or postponing events, particularly on the day of the State Funeral, but this is at the discretion of individual companies.”
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/21373103.primark-john-lewis-shut-stores-day-queens-funeral/?ref=rss Primark and John Lewis close stores on the day of the Queen’s funeral