Supermarkets to close or reduce hours for Queen's funeral

    The UK's leading supermarkets are set to close or reduce their hours for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

    According to reports, the big 5 supermarket chains are currently finalising plans to close or reduce their hours on Monday 19th September.

    The Mirror has reported that a spokesperson for the John Lewis Partnership, which runs Waitrose and John Lewis, said both brands will shut their doors for the day of the Queen's funeral. 

    John Lewis Partnership chief operating officer Andrew Murphy 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.”

    Sainsbury's, Tesco, Morrisons and Asda are also reportedly closing big supermarkets for around four hours as a mark of respect, allowing staff to watch the funeral.

    Marks and Spencers are allegedly still finalising plans while clothes giants Primark say their stores will be shut.

    The day of Her Majesty The Queen's funeral has been declared a Bank Holiday, but employers have been told they can make their own decisions on closures.

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