The Queen’s funeral takes place on Monday 19th September and many people will want to watch the event on TV. There is no rule that says shops must close to allow staff to watch or as a mark of respect. However, the government says that retailers might consider their location and the nature of their business or planned events when making a decision over opening. So, which shops will close for the Queen’s funeral?
Many smaller retailers will likely stay open for most of the day. This makes sense, as they run on tight margins and cannot afford to miss a full day of trading. Small food shops will also have issues with fresh food and deliveries if they just close for the full day. It is possible that they will close whilst the funeral is taking place and open before and after. After all, people will still need provisions.
However, many major chains have already announced their intentions for the day, Here’s what we know so far:
Which shops will close?
- Aldi branches will close all day
- Argos will close all outlets on the day of the funeral
- Asda will closes its shops on Monday until 5pm and will not offer home delivery on Monday at all
- B&Q is closing all branches and suspending home deliveries
- Dreams is also closing all branches and stopping deliveries
- Harrods won’t trade on the day
- Homebase will close all branches for the full day
- John Lewis stores will remain closed for the whole of Monday
- Marks & Spencer will shut all clothing shops and could limit the opening hours of its food outlets
- Morrisons is likely to close its locations between 10am and 2pm
- Poundland is shutting all branches for the entire day
- Primark will not open at all on the day
- Sainsbury’s will generally close all branches for the full day, but will open convenience stores and petrol stations from 5pm till 10pm and will keep some stores open in central London to accommodate those attending the funeral
- Tesco will close superstores and Extra stores all day, but will open its Express shops from 5pm. It will also open some shops on the route of the funeral procession.
- Waitrose will close all branches, but will keep some shops on the route of the funeral procession open to serve mourners.