A SuperValu store in Northern Ireland will remain open on Monday to “staff wishing to continue working”, despite the company’s previous announcement that its stores would close for the bank holiday to coincide with Queen Elizabeth’s funeral.
NA statement, Musgrave Marketplace NI said: “Earlier this week our storemates in Dungiven were informed that the store will be closed to customers on Monday 19 September from 10:30am to 1:30pm.”
“To keep the food supply chain moving across our network in Northern Ireland, the shop will remain operational and staff who wish to continue working on Monday can do so. “
“All colleagues got an extra day of vacation because of the holiday.”
On Thursday, store workers at the SuperValu store said they would continue to work despite plans to close their store.
Their plans were supported by Sinn Féin councilman Sean McGlinchey, who reportedly met with staff and encouraged them to meet with Musgrave NI, owner of the SuperValu brand.
Speaking to BBC Radio Ulster’s The Nolan Show on Thursday morning, former DUP-MLA Jim Wells said the store’s plans to remain operational during these times were “highly regrettable”.
“This is not being done to serve the community of Dungiven, but to make a political statement,” he said.
The statement comes as several shops and retailers will close either entirely or for a limited period on Monday, when the Queen’s funeral takes place.
Many supermarkets and high street chains have already confirmed plans to close for the day, including Marks & Spencer and Asda.
Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Aldi all confirmed they would close their supermarkets for the day of the funeral, and fashion retailers such as Primark also confirmed plans to close.
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.independent.ie/world-news/europe/britain/northern-ireland-supervalu-store-to-stay-open-after-staff-said-they-would-work-despite-closure-plans-during-queens-funeral-41994623.html The Northern Ireland SuperValu store remains open after staff announced they would be working during the Queen’s funeral despite plans to close