Retailers including Aldi, John Lewis, Waitrose, Primark and Homebase will close their stores on the day of the Queen’s funeral – while Morrisons has made its checkout sounds quieter and switched off its tannoy.
Aldi said as a sign of respect Its 970 UK stores will be closed on Monday 19 September “to allow our colleagues to pay tribute to Her Majesty The Queen”.
John Lewis has confirmed it will also close its department stores, along with sister company Waitrose, for the day for the funeral.
Andrew Murphy, chief executive of the John Lewis Partnership, said: “We will be closing our stores… as a mark of respect and because we believe this is the right thing to do for our partners and customers.”
The retailer said a limited number of Waitrose stores near the funeral procession route may remain open to serve the public. But he said they would be closed during the funeral.
It is not yet clear whether Morrisons plans to close its stores, but the supermarket chain has been the subject of reports that it had switched off beepers at its checkouts as a mark of respect for the Queen – something it has denied. Morrisons said: “Our checkout beeps don’t go off. They have just been dropped as our music and tanno announcements have been disabled in stores.”
Meanwhile, Primark said it would close all 191 of its stores on Monday, which has been confirmed as a public holiday.
A spokesman said: “Our UK stores, warehouses and head office will be closed… to give our colleagues the opportunity to pay their respects and attend the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. We will reopen as normal on Tuesday, September 20.”
Homebase also said it would close, as did Harrods, which added: “We will continue to commemorate the life of Her Majesty The Queen and pay our respects by closing the store on the day of the state funeral.”
Retailers are not required to close on the day of the funeral and some may open reduced hours, as many do on other public holidays.
Government guidance states: “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.”