A number of major UK supermarkets and retailers will be closing their stores on the day of Queen Elizabeth’s state funeral.
Her Majesty will be laid to rest in a televised ceremony at Westminster Abbey on Monday September 19th. Her successor, King Charles III, confirmed last week that the funeral will mark a nationwide bank holiday.
While it isn’t mandatory for any business to close for the day, a number of major UK supermarkets and retailers have already announced their plans to cease trading on the day of Her Majesty’s burial.
Here are all the shops known to be shutting their doors on Monday:
Aldi was one of the first supermarkets to announce its planned closure, with bosses revealing yesterday that it will be shutting all stores on September 19th to pay tribute the Queen.
The supermarket said in a statement: “As a mark of respect, all Aldi stores across the UK will close on Monday 19th September to allow our store colleagues to pay tribute to Her Majesty the Queen.”
Lidl also announced it would be closing all its stores on Monday, with a spokesperson saying: “We can confirm that as a mark of respect and in honour of Queen Elizabeth II, we will be closing all of our stores across England, Scotland and Wales for the day of Her Majesty’s funeral, Monday September 19th.
“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.”
Retailer Primark revealed it will be closing all its stores on Monday, with plans to reopen as normal the following day.
A spokesperson said: “Our stores, depots and head office in the UK will be closed on Monday September 19th to give our colleagues the opportunity to pay their respects and watch the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
“We will reopen as normal on Tuesday September 20th.”
Marks & Spencer
Not only will Marks & Spencer be closing its stores on Monday, the retailer will also be halting at-home deliveries for the day.
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 customers 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 only be shut during the funeral itself.
John Lewis & Waitrose
The John Lewis Partnership, which operates both John Lewis and Waitrose stores, has confirmed it would be closing all shops across the country on the day of 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.”
He added that 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.
Dunelm stores will be closed on Monday and deliveries will be paused, the retailer’s CEO confirmed.
Nick Wilkinson said in a statement: “The death of Her Majesty The Queen last Thursday has been a source of grief across the nation, the Commonwealth and the world. As a Royal Warrant holder through our Dorma brand, all of us at Dunelm are honoured to have been able to serve The Queen and the Royal Households for many years.
“The nation is now readying itself for The Queen’s State Funeral on Monday September 19th and as a mark of our respect, we will be closing all Dunelm stores and pausing delivery, Click & Collect and customer services on the day of the Funeral. We will reopen on Tuesday September 20th.”
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 September 19th.”
“Our click and collect and home delivery services will also be temporarily suspended on the day.”
Poundland will also be closing for the day to mark the Queen’s funeral, with a spokesperson for the company saying: “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.”
They added that any colleagues who were scheduled to work on September 19th will receive their scheduled pay in full.
A number of other retailers and supermarkets will be reducing their opening hours across the day of the burial; click here for more information.
Woman finds Easter eggs for just 75p in Morrisons and does trolley dash
A woman took to social media to show off her Easter egg shop after hearing Morrisons had slashed them down to 75p.
If you need to stock up on Easter eggs for the upcoming holiday, or you’ve just got a sweet tooth and love a good bargain, you’ll be pleased to hear Morrisons are selling some of the chocolate goodies for a reduced price of 75p.
One woman heard the news and had to go and check it out for herself, sharing her chocolate egg haul in a video clip on TikTok.
Savvy shopper and chocolate lover Tammy made sure to fill her trolley with a selection of the Cadbury and Nestle eggs currently on offer at Morrisons.
The retail giant has slashed its 96g – 126g Easter eggs down by half price from £1.50 to 75p.
However, there’s just one catch: to get this price, customers will need to scan their Morrisons More Card. Customers without a More Card will still have to pay the full price of £1.50.
However, shoppers will have to act quick to bag this bargain as these deals usually only last a week.
Tammy’s TikTok clip shows her POV as she pushes her shopping trolley filled with 20 of the Easter eggs costing her a total of £15 – not bad. At full price this shop would have cost her £30, saving her a cool £15.
With surely enough in her cart to sort the whole family and have a few left over to treat herself to while watching a Netflix series, it’s no wonder the TikToker was so pleased with herself as she typed in the caption: “When you hear these eggs are down to 75p.”
The clip, posted just days ago, has already gained almost 10,000 views and over 1,000 likes, though viewers have been left divided over the haul. Some have been tagging their friends and family to hurry and make the most of the deal while others have called it ‘selfish’ – but Tammy clapped back at the commenter, saying: “chill out”.
Meanwhile, someone else said: “Literally picked 2 of all flavours for my children.” And another asked: “Is there a limit? My daughter’s birthday party is the day before Easter so I was going to bulk buy them to give to all the kids.”
Responding, one shopper typed: “I wasn’t told there was a limit so it was worth a try. I just went to a self-checkout.”
While Tammy replied with: “Yes it says two of each only. I was over the ‘limit’ but no one questioned it.”
You can get paid £400 a month to take a relaxing hot bath
A bathroom supplier is looking for someone to test out baths and give feedback
If you thought your dream job didn’t exist, think again as you could find yourself being paid to soak in a bath tub.
Some people much prefer a shower, while others enjoy a relaxing soak in a nice hot bath. Either way, this job description sounds heavenly, especially for the latter.
Baths have come into the spotlight since the release of Saltburn and its shocking slurping moment in THAT bath scene.
Perhaps a few shower people have been convinced to change over to the bath side. If you prefer a bath, perhaps you’ll want to take a look at this next job description.
Bathroom Deal are looking for someone to test their bath tubs and share feedback on them. If you successfully land the role, you could become a Bathroom Quality Assurance Tester.
But you’ll have to spend a good bit of time having a soak so that you can share your verdict on each tub before they’re sold to the public. On the plus side, you’ll be squeaky clean!
If you land the role, you’ll need to make sure you have between one to four hours per week to meet the job’s needs and in return you’ll get a freelance rate of £25 per hour, which works out as up to £400 per month.
The job is also remote so you can take a dip in the privacy of your own home but applicants must be prepared to swap out their bathtub for a different one at least once a month by professionals.
With energy prices rising and water bills going up too, we all know the cost of having a bath has become more of a luxury and probably less of an occurrence for many. However, the extra cash may be worth it.
On top of this, aspiring bathtub quality assurance testers should also be aware that experts warn not to spend more than 22 minutes in the bath.
According to a recent study at Victoria Plumbing, this is the perfect length of time to spend in the tub and anything over that can suck the natural oils out of your skin and even leave you feeling dehydrated.
So, if this sounds like the perfect job for you, submit an application on the Bathroom Deal website – you must be over 18 to be considered.
Man discovers it’s cheaper to stay in 5-star resort than rent in Manchester
People were left shocked
A man went viral on TikTok after discovering it’s cheaper to stay in a five-star inclusive resort than live in Manchester.
High house prices, rising mortgage rates, soaring rent – we all know about it, but if you needed proof that the British property market has become a joke, let this video be it.
TikToker Josh Kerr was having a look at holidays to the Mediterranean online when he discovered an all-inclusive stay at a five-star resort in Turkey costs less than his city centre apartment.
In the clip, Josh shared how he pays £950 a month for his flat in Manchester but in comparison, he found a 28-night stay at the Xoria Deluxe Resort in Antalya.
The stay included flights direct from Manchester Airport and all food and drink for £938 via the website, On The Beach.
In the viral clip, Josh said: “I’ve just found out it’s cheaper to live at a 5-star all-inclusive resort than it is to live in Manchester.”
He continued: “Even looking at the gaff, it’s a 5-star hotel. I mean, it looks pretty bog-standard to me, but it’s decent for £900 a month.
“I’m not being funny right, but I pay £950 for my rent, bills, council tax and that. Here, you get breakfast, lunch, evening meals, drinks, snacks and a gaff. What are we doing in England?”
Though the Xoria Deluxe Resort was classed as a five-star hotel due to its amenities, Trip Advisor rated it as an average of four out of five based on reviews.
Out of the 1,174 ratings the resort had received, reviews ranged from comments including ‘luxurious,’ ‘excellent value’ and ‘spotlessly clean’ by some people, to ‘awful’ and ‘terrible’ by others.
Xoria Deluxe has two restaurants to choose from, a patisserie, and three bars. It includes free Wifi and has a large pool with waterslides, hot tub, gym and wellness centre.
There’s also entertainment for guests throughout the day and night. In response to the video, one smart person suggested Josh ‘rented his gaff out’ at the same time as staying at the hotel.
While another said: “Remote working looking even more attractive….” And a third added: “So does WFH now mean ‘Work From Holiday?’”
Meanwhile, others pointed out that the prices were the cost of winter holidays and not for peak season in the summer. As one skeptic pointed out: “Set it for July & August and see what it comes back with.” As another added: “Until you reach the summer and it doubles.”
The cost of a 28-day trip during July and August, on the website On The Beach, costs from at least £3,000, which is a good bit more expensive and worth taking into consideration if you’re dreaming of a remote job working by the beach.
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