// John Lewis, Harrods and Waitrose – aside from a few stores on the route of the funeral procession – will be closed on the day of the Queen’s funeral
// Although there is no legal requirement to close, it is thought that other retailers will follow suit and shut up shop for the day
John Lewis has confirmed that all of its department stores will close next Monday, the day of the Queen’s funeral.
The vast majority of Waitrose supermarkets will also close although a limited number of branches on the route of the funeral procession may stay open to serve those that attend.
John Lewis Partnership chief operating officer Andrew Murphy said: “We are deeply saddened by the death of Her Majesty The Queen.
“We are 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.”
Meanwhile, Harrods will also close its Knightsbridge store on the day. A spokesman told Drapers: “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.”
It is thought that other retailers will follow suit, with Apple already reportedly set to close on the day.
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King Charles III announced that the Queen’s funeral, which will take place on Monday 19 September, would be a Bank Holiday.
However, there is no official guidance that retailers should shut on the day. The Government advice is: “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.”
It is thought that many supermarkets including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Morrisons, will close between 10am and 2pm to allow staff to watch the funeral on TV, according to The Sun.
Royal Mail has also revealed that it will suspend postal services on the day of the funeral, which could impact retail deliveries.