Several supermarket chains and retailers have announced that they will close next Monday because of the Queen’s funeral.
Sainsbury’s has followed Aldi as the latest retailer to announce it will keep its store closed on the day.
Primark and John Lewis also confirmed plans to close on Monday.
Sainsbury’s is closing for the Queen’s funeral
Sainsbury’s has announced it will close its main supermarkets and Argos stores, but convenience shops and petrol stations will remain open in the evening.
A spokeswoman for the retailers said: “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
“In honor of Her Majesty and to allow our colleagues to pay their respects, all Sainsbury’s supermarkets and Argos stores will be closed on Monday 19 September.
“These include Groceries Online and Argos Fast Track Delivery.
“Our convenience stores and petrol stations are open from 5pm to 10pm to allow our customers to collect essential items, while select shops in central London open to serve those attending the funeral in person.
“We thank our customers for their understanding.”
In honor of Her Majesty and to allow our colleagues to pay their respects, we will be closing all of our shops in England, Scotland and Wales on the day of Her Majesty’s funeral.
Thank you everyone for your understanding. pic.twitter.com/V5RiQwYdEC
— @LidlGB (@LidlGB) 09/12/2022
Aldi and Lidl are closing due to the Queen’s funeral
Aldi also confirmed this will close all his shops for the day.
The company said on Twitter: “As a mark of respect, all Aldi stores across the UK will close on Monday 19th September to allow our shopmates to pay tribute to Her Majesty The Queen.”
Supermarket competitor Lidl also tweeted its decision to close stores on Monday, writing: “In honor of Her Majesty, and so that our colleagues can pay their respects, we will be closing all of our stores in England, Scotland and Wales on the day of Her Majesty’s funeral .
“Thank you everyone for your understanding.”
Tesco stores will be closed during the Queen’s funeral
Larger Tesco stores close for the day, convenience stores open from 5pm. Shops in central London and Windsor will remain open so those attending the funeral can get what they need.
Tesco online orders will not be fulfilled on this day.
Jason Tarry, CEO of Tesco UK, said: “We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the Royal Family and thank Her Majesty The Queen for her unwavering service. On Monday 19th September our major stores will remain closed all day and our express stores will remain closed until 5pm to allow our colleagues to pay their respects.”
Primark confirmed it will close all of its 191 high street stores next Monday.
The fashion chain said its stores will reopen at normal times the next day.
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.”
John Lewis is closing for the Queen’s funeral for the bank holiday
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John Lewis will also close all of his stores as a mark 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 shops” close to the route of the funeral procession, which will remain open to serve the public nearby.
It stressed that these shops would close during the funeral itself.
Poundland closed for the Queen’s funeral
Poundland said all of its 770 UK stores will be closed throughout the day and staff scheduled to work September 19 will be paid full wages.
“We know how important it will be that colleagues have the opportunity to pay their respects next Monday as the country comes together to honor and celebrate the Queen’s life,” said Poundland.
B&Q is another retailer that has decided to close its doors to honor the Queen’s funeral.
A B&Q spokesman said: “As a mark of respect for the state funeral for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and to allow our colleagues the opportunity to pay their respects, we have taken the decision to close all of our UK businesses on Monday 12 May 19 September to close. Our click-and-collect and home delivery services will also be temporarily suspended on that day.”
Will all shops be closed on Queen’s Funeral Day?
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.”
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