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THE Queen's tragic passing on September 8, 2022 has left the country in deep mourning – but who will close and who will remain open on the day of the funeral?

King Charles lll declared Her Majesty's funeral to be a bank holiday, and confirmed it would take place on Monday, September 19.

The national mourning guidance highlights that firms are not expected to halt operations.

It says: “There is no obligation on organisations to suspend business during the national mourning period.

“Depending on the nature and location of their business and the tone of planned events, 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.”

Some supermarkets and retailers who have already decided to close their doors.

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Tesco

Tesco is to close all of its large stores on Monday in order for its staff to pay their respects.

The supermarket giant said its express stores will be open until 5pm except for a small number of Express stores in Central London and Windsor that will be open throughout the day.

A spokesman said: “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."

Asda

Asda is to close all its stores from midnight on Sunday, September 18, until 5pm on Monday – reopening after the funeral service.

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A spokesman said staff contracted to work while the stores are closed will receive their normal pay.

Those who work when the stores reopen, will be paid double time for the rest of the day.

The supermarket giant is also pausing its delivery services.

The spokesman added: "As a mark of respect for Her Majesty The Queen, all Asda stores will be closed on Monday, September 19, until 5pm to allow our customers and colleagues to recognise the passing of our late Monarch and commemorate her steadfast service to our nation."

Aldi

Aldi will shut all its UK stores to customers on the day of Queen Elizabeth II's funeral.

The budget supermarket posted on its Twitter page this afternoon to let customers know that stores would be shut.

The post read: "Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II – As a mark of respect, all Aldi stores across the UK will close on Monday, September 19 to allow our store colleagues to pay tribute to Her Majesty The Queen."

Lidl

Lidl has confirmed that, as a mark of respect, it will close all its stores across England, Scotland and Wales on the day of the funeral.

A spokesman said: "We are grateful to all Lidl customers for their understanding and will be keeping all who mourn Her Royal Highness in our thoughts during this time."

Co-op

Co-op is to close its stores until 5pm on Monday, September 19.

They will the reopen to customers following the funeral service.

Delivers will also resume after 5pm.

A number of stores within central London and towards Windsor will remain open during the day to serve customers who will be in the Capital to be part of the funeral. 

Morrisons

All Morrisons supermarkets will be closed on Monday, as a mark of respect.

Morrisons said it wanted its staff to be able to pay tribute to Her Majesty.

At 5pm it will reopen its petrol filling stations.

Iceland

Iceland, which has more than 1,000 across the UK, said it will close on September 10.

A spokesman said: "As a mark of respect to Her Majesty The Queen and to allow its colleagues to mourn in their own way, Iceland has made the decision to close all of its stores."

Sainsbury's and Argos

Sainsbury's and Argos will shut all its UK stores to customers on the day of Queen Elizabeth II's funeral.

A spokesman 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, 19th September. "

This will also include groceries online and Argos fast track delivery.

Sainsbury's said its convenience stores and petrol filling stations will be open from 5pm-10pm to allow our customers to pick up essential items.

Select stores in central London will also be open to serve those attending the funeral in person.

Other retailers

Amazon

The world's biggest company and delivery service is cancelling deliveries on Monday.

A company spokesperson said: "All deliveries to customers will be paused for the duration of the funeral ceremony."

B&M

B&M has confirmed that it is closing all of its stores on Monday.

The budget chain has more than 600 stores across the UK.

Zara

Zara will close all its stores as a mark of respect on the day of Queen Elizabeth II's funeral.

The brand has more than 60 shops across the UK.

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The high street retailer, which has 510 stores in the UK, said: "In honour of Her Majesty and so our colleagues can pay their respects, all stores will be closed on Monday, 19 September."

Primark

Primark will close all its shops next Monday for the Queen's funeral.

All of the high street giant's 191 stores will be closed on Monday, September 19, as a mark of respect.

Poundland

All 770 Poundland stores will shut to customers on Monday.

It means staff of both retailers will be able to watch the Queen's funeral on television.

A spokesperson for Poundland said: "We know how important it is that colleagues have the opportunity to join with their families and pay their respects on the day the funeral takes place.

"Any colleagues who were scheduled to work on 19 September, will receive their scheduled pay in full."

Superdrug

As a mark of respect, Superdrug is closing the vast majority of its 830 stores in the UK.

The high street retailer said it will keep a small number of stores in key central London or travel locations open for mourners travelling to and from the service.

Poundstrecther

All 350 Poundstretcher stores will be closed on Monday to allow staff to watch the funeral service.

Marks and Spencer

Marks & Spencer is to close all of its store and pause its delivery services.

A small number of stores open in the London area will remain open so mourners in the capital can grab a drink or a bite to eat.

Stuart Machin, CEO of M&S said: “All of us at M&S – and indeed across the country and beyond – feel a real and deep sense of loss and sadness at the passing of Her Majesty, as well as huge respect for the grace with which His Majesty King Charles III and the wider Royal Family have led the nation in our mourning."

John Lewis and Waitrose

The John Lewis Partnership said it will shut John Lewis department stores and Waitrose supermarkets all day for the funeral.

Andrew Murphy, chief operating officer of 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.”

It added there may be “a very limited number of Waitrose stores” near to the route of the funeral procession which remain open to serve members of the public nearby.

It stressed these shops would close during the funeral itself.

B&Q

Hardware giant B&Q is also closing all of its store.

A B&Q 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."

Dunelm

Dunelm will be closing its stores as well as pausing delivery, click and collect and customer services on the day of the funeral.

It will reopen all shops the following day.

IKEA

Ikea said it is closing all of its store on Monday "out of respect for Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

It said it made the decision to allow its worker to pay their respects.

Kwik Fit

Car servicing and repair company Kwik Fit have announced that its centres will be closed on Monday as the nation marks the passing of the Queen.

Roger Griggs, communications director at Kwik Fit, said: "While we usually remain open on most bank holidays, these are unique circumstances. 

"We are closing to enable all our colleagues to join their family and friends in paying their final respects as Her Majesty is laid to rest."

Kwik Fit said it will reopen with normal opening times on Tuesday, September 20.

Asos

The online retailer said customer deliveries would be paused out of respect for the Queen's funeral.

A company spokesperson said: "Asos will operate its usual bank holiday plan on the day of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.

"The majority of Asos staff will not be working and our carrier partners will not be delivering – customer delivery schedules will be updated accordingly."

Halfords

Halfords will close on Monday as a mark of respect.

All of its stores, garages and support centres will be closed, and its team of Halfords Mobile Experts will also not be operating.

A spokesman said any customers with booked appointments in our stores, Autocentres or with National Tyres will be contacted to re-arrange.

Branches will be open as usual on Tuesday, September 20.

Toolstation

Toolstation have now also confirmed they will be closing all 556 stores across the UK.

A spokesman said: “As a mark of respect for the life of service and leadership of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Toolstation has decided that its stores in the United Kingdom will close all day on Monday 19 September to coincide with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s State Funeral."

They will re-open for business on Tuesday September 20.”

Ocado

Ocado shoppers will not receive shopping orders on Monday, September 19.

A spokesperson for Ocado said: "We are deeply saddened by the death of Her Majesty The Queen. 

"As a mark of respect, Ocado will be closed for deliveries on 19th September so all our colleagues can pay their respects on this day of national mourning. 

"We are contacting everyone with an order booked for Monday to rearrange their delivery and we’d like to thank customers for their understanding."

Wilko

Wilko will be closing its 400 stores in the UK as a mark of respect.

Jerome Saint-Marc, Wilko boss, said: “The whole Wilko family continues to mourn the loss of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. 

“As a mark of respect, we will be closing our stores all day on Monday September 19 so that team members can commemorate the life and service of Her Majesty with their families.”

Pets at Home

All Pets at Home stores and groom salons will be closed next Monday.

However, some vet practices will remain open.

A company spokesperson said to check your nearest practice to find out if it will be open.

Currys

Currys will close all day, as a mark of our respect for the Queen’s 70 years of service,.

UK stores will be closed all day, and delivery services will be paused for the day.

lex Baldock, chief executive of Currys said: "I will be joining our colleagues and the millions of people around the world in saying a final thank you to her.”

JD Sports

All 399 JD Sports stores will shut on Monday, September 19.

The closures will affect all 322 stores in England, 38 in Scotland, 20 in Wales and 17 in Northern Ireland.

Holland & Barrett

Holland & Barrett is closing all UK stores to its customers on Monday, September 19 for the funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II.

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Harvey Bennett, customer managing director at Holland & Barrett said: "All of us at H&B join the country in mourning for HM Queen Elizabeth, and we offer our deepest condolences to her family. 

"We are closing our stores to enable our customers and colleagues to join their families and local communities in memory of the Queen’s incredible 70 years of service."

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