High Street shops close their doors for Queen’s funeral

High Street shops close their doors for Queen’s funeral

Supermarkets, fashion stores and cinemas will be among the companies closing their doors on Monday, due to the queen’s funeral.

Last week it was announced that the funeral will take place on Monday 19 September, which will also be a public holiday.

As a result, a number of the largest retailers in the country have stated that they will close their stores so that workers can pay their respects to the queen.

Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Lidl and Aldi were among those who closed their supermarkets for the day.

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Sainsbury’s said its major supermarkets will close but some convenience stores will open later in the day (Danny Lawson / PA)

“We want to express our deepest condolences to the royal family, as well as our gratitude to Her Majesty the Queen for her unwavering service,” said Jason Tarry, chief executive of Tesco in the UK.

The UK’s largest grocery company has said it will open its Express convenience stores from 5pm, while a small number of convenience stores in central London and Windsor will remain open.

Other retailers, including Sainsbury’s, have also said convenience stores and service stations will open from 5pm.

Asda said it will close its shops for the funeral, but all of its supermarkets will open from 5pm, with colleagues working Monday night to receive double pay.

Other retailers, such as Marks & Spencer and Primark, have also said they will close for the day.

Film chains such as Cineworld and Odeon have also announced plans to keep their locations closed.

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Slug and Lettuce Stonegate owner said he will open pubs on Monday (Mike Egerton / PA)

However, Downing Street indicated that it is up to individual companies how to approach the holiday.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said the day of the funeral will function as “a normal public holiday”.

“Of course, individual companies will have to make decisions about what is right for them and discuss with their employees, but obviously there is no one-size-fits-all approach.”

A number of pub groups have stated that they will have venues open during the day.

The Stonegate pub group said it will open on Monday and plans to show the queen’s funeral on screens.

Premier Inn Whitbread’s owner also said he will keep his hotels and restaurants open as usual.

JD Wetherspoon said central London, the train station and the airport pubs will open from 8am on Mondays, while most of his pubs will only open from around 1pm after the funeral.

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