M&S and Asda latest retailers to confirm store closures for Queen’s funeral
The Queen's funeral will take place onMonday 19 September at Westminster Abbeyand theday will be a Bank Holiday.
Her Majesty passed away at age 96 at Balmoral Castleon Thursday 8 September and the Royal Family released a statement on 10 Septemberannouncing the plans for her upcoming state funeral.
While it is entirely down toemployers whether staff are given the day off or not, schools and colleges across the UK will be closed on the day of Her Majesty's funeral, along with many businesses.
Marks & Spencer and Asda have become the latest retailers to confirm they will shut stores next Monday for the Queen’s funeral.
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It comes after a number ofsupermarkets and high street chains already confirmed closure plansfor the day.
M&S said it will also halt deliveries to customers on Monday September 19 with the store’s CEO expressing his sadness at the passing of Her Majesty.
Stuart Machin, chief executive at 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.
“It is right that we make changes to our operational arrangements on the day of the funeral to ensure our colleagues across our stores and distribution network can participate, whilst supporting customer.s as they show their respects too.”
He added there will be “limited exceptions in London and Windsor”, where M&S will serve customers paying their respects to the Queen.
These stores will be shut during the funeral itself, the retailer highlighted.
Franchise stores at travel locations and in public service sites, such as hospitals, are expected to remain open on Monday.
Elsewhere, Asda said it will shut all its stores until 5pm on the day to allow employees to watch the funeral.
A spokesman said: “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.
“We will not be offering online deliveries on Monday September 19. All our stores will close by midnight on Sunday September 18 and reopen at 5pm on Monday September 19.
“Those colleagues contracted to work while the stores are closed will receive their normal pay.
“Any colleagues who work when the stores reopen will be paid double time for the rest of the day.”
It comes a day after Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Aldi all confirmed they would shut their supermarket stores for the day of the funeral, with fashion retailers such as Primark also confirming closure plans.
Retailers are not required to shut their doors on the day of the funeral, and others may choose to open for reduced hours, as many regularly do on other bank holidays.
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