Some of the UK’s biggest supermarket chains will close all day for the Queen‘s funeral on Monday.
Sainsbury’s and Aldi supermarkets confirmed today they will close as a mark of respect to the Queen and to allow staff and customers to watch the service at Westminster Abbey on TV.
Tesco, Asda and Morrisons’ large supermarkets are also expected to shut, potentially for four hours between 10am and 2pm, The Sun reports.
Argos stores will also be closed, Sainsbury’s told MailOnline, with its convenience stores and petrol stations only open in the evening on the Bank Holiday – from 5pm to 10pm.
Meanwhile, John Lewis department stores and the majority of Waitrose shops are to shut all day and clothing giant Primark has confirmed that all of its 191 stores will close out of respect for the late monarch.
DIY giant B&Q also said today it will close all of its stores and will suspend its click and collect and home delivery services on Monday September 19 – the day of Queen Elizabeth’s funeral.
Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Morrisons could shut big supermarkets as a mark of respect to the Queen
Meanwhile, Morrisons has also told MailOnline that it has ‘turned down’ the beeps on its self-checkouts and the music and tannoy announcements in its stores have been switched off.
On Monday, smaller convenience stores are expected to stay open as usual.
Plans for the closures are thought to be almost finalised for some of the stores, while Asda said a decision on whether to close is still being made.
Businesses up and down the country will close their doors on September 19, which King Charles III declared a bank holiday.
The five large supermarket chains are expected to shut for four hours, roughly between the 10am and 2pm, The Sun reports
John Lewis Partnership, which owns Waitrose, will keep just ‘a handful’ of food shops open along the funeral procession route.
‘When full details of the funeral are confirmed, an exception may be a very limited number of Waitrose stores on the route of the funeral procession to serve members of the public who we know will be lining the route for many hours,’ the company said in a statement.
The few shops that could be left open in London, however, will close for the funeral itself, they added.
The company is also set to close the remaining 300-plus Waitrose stores for the day.
Waitrose holds a Royal Warrant and is sells Duchy of Cornwall products.
The retailers’ 34 John Lewis department stores across the country will all close during the funeral.
Andrew Murphy, Chief Operating Officer, The John Lewis Partnership said: ‘We are deeply saddened by the death of Her Majesty The Queen.
‘We will be closing our stores on the day of her funeral as a mark of respect, and because we believe this is the right thing to do for our Partners and customers.’
A spokesperson for Sainsbury’s said: ‘We are deeply saddened by the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
‘In honour of Her Majesty and so our colleagues can pay their respects, all Sainsbury’s supermarkets and Argos stores will be closed on Monday, 19 September.
John Lewis Partnership is set to keep ‘a handful’ of shops open and close the remaining 300-plus Waitrose stores for the day
‘This includes Groceries Online and Argos Fast Track delivery.
‘Our convenience stores and petrol filling stations will be open from 5pm-10pm to allow our customers to pick up essential items, while select stores in central London will open to serve those attending the funeral in person.
‘We thank our customers for their understanding.’
DIY chain B&Q has also said today it will close its doors next Monday.
Aldi supermarkets have confirmed today they will close UK stores next Monday as a mark of respect to the Queen
A spokesperson said: ‘As a mark of respect for the State Funeral for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and to offer our colleagues the opportunity to pay their respects, we have taken the decision to close all our UK stores on Monday 19 September.
‘Our click and collect and home delivery services will also be temporarily suspended on the day.’
High street clothing chain Primark will also close, with its spokeswoman saying: ‘Our stores, depots and head office in the UK will be closed on Monday September 19 to give our colleagues the opportunity to pay their respects and watch the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Clothing giant Primark has confirmed that all of its 191 stores will close as a mark of respect
‘We will reopen as normal on Tuesday September 20.’
The government has issued advice regarding the Bank Holiday to businesses.
‘Some businesses may wish to consider closing or postponing events, especially on the day of the State Funeral, however, this is at the discretion of individual businesses,’ it said.
A two minutes’ silence will be held at midday next Monday for the Queen’s state funeral and the London Stock Exchange will close.
Tesco, Asda, and Morrisons have all been contacted for comment.