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Supermarket opening hours for May bank holiday 2024: Tesco, Aldi and more

If you’re planning on doing a food shop on bank holiday Monday, read on… (Picture: Getty Images)

The fifth bank holiday of the year falls on Monday, May 27th, and spells a relaxed long weekend for most people.

Warm weather is expected in many parts of the country over the first half of the bank holiday weekend, so supermarkets are likely to be abuzz with shoppers stocking up for barbeques and boozy afternoons in the sun.

While Monday itself is likely to be a drab affair, there will still be plenty of reason to pop to the shops, whether it’s a family meal or to stock up for the rest of the week.

Fortunately, most major retailers are staying open, though hours may differ from normal in some places. Here’s our guide to these changes:

Supermarket opening hours on Spring bank holiday

Unlike Easter Sunday, where trading laws mean stores over a certain size are required to close, the Spring bank holiday has no such restrictions.

Many supermarket stores will be open during their normal hours, though shoppers are advised to check with their local branch beforehand.

Some – particularly larger branches – will open later and/or close earlier so employees can finish earlier or start later to enjoy the bank holiday.



Supermarket opening hours on May 27

These include:

  • Sainsbury’s – The majority of larger stores will be open from 8am-8pm, rather than the typical 7am-11pm. Most convenience stores will open as usual from 7am-11pm. Check your local store opening hours online
  • Tesco – Most larger stores will be open 8am-6pm in England and Wales, 8am-8pm in Scotland, and 7am-6pm in Northern Ireland. Check your local store opening hours online
  • Asda – Most larger shops will be open from 7am to 10pm. Check your local store opening times online
  • Morrisons – Most stores will be open from 7am to 8pm, with a few opening until 10pm. Their petrol stations will open half an hour earlier and close half an hour later. Check local store opening times online
  • Waitrose – Most shops will be open for their normal trading hours, with some Little Waitrose branches open from 7am-10pm. Check local store opening times online
  • Aldi – Shops will be open from 8am to 8pm. Check local opening times online
  • Lidl – A Lidl spokesperson said opening times will vary from store to store, but you can check your local store opening hours online
  • Co-Op – Opening times vary by location, with shoppers able to check their local opening times online

Supermarkets aren’t the only shops where you’ll be able to spend your pennies, with clothes stores and eateries operating their normal opening hours.

Costa Coffee shops are set to open over the bank holiday, though opening times will vary store to store.

Those looking to tackle some DIY will be pleased to know Homebase shops will be open on May 6, but you can check the exact times for your local store here.

A lot of shops and supermarkets will be open on bank holiday Monday (Picture: Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Clothes stores such as Next and Primark will be open across the holiday, though shoppers are urged to check their local store opening hours as they may differ between areas.


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