SHOPPERS should be prepared to find opening hours for supermarkets may be different from usual this weekend.
We explain all you need to know if you need to visit a supermarket this Bank Holiday Monday (today!)
The August bank holiday falls on the final day of the month, August 31, and always takes place on the last Monday of August.
The bank holiday was first introduced just to give us all a bit more time to enjoy the sunny summer.
Up until 1971 it always took place on the first Monday of August, but it was eventually moved as it clashed with the traditional two week shut-down that many companies went through in the summer.
We take a look at opening hours for Tesco, Aldi, Lidl, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s this Bank Holiday Monday.
What time is Aldi open?
If you’re planning a visit to Aldi today, the store opening times are 8am until 8pm
Closing times can vary from shop to shop though, so it’s always important to check your local branch.
You can do this by using the store finder on Aldi’s website.
What time is Asda open?
Asda’s website and social media accounts don’t detail any special notices about the bank holiday weekend.
But on previous three-day bank holiday weekends, it has closed early on Saturdays and the bank holiday day itself, while Sunday trading hours have remained as normal.
It’s best to check if your local store is open and at what times using Asda’s store locator tool.
What time is Tesco open?
Many Tesco stores open their doors later than usual on a bank holiday Monday and close earlier compared to a normal weekday so it pays to check first.
Bank Holiday Monday hours are usually between 9am and 6pm but can be between 8am and 8pm for some stores.
Generally it’s larger stores which have changes to opening times while smaller Tesco Express store hours remain the same.
Just use the supermarket’s online store locator tool. Enter your postcode and choose the nearest store you intend to visit.
What time is Morrisons open?
It’s worth checking the opening times of your nearest Morrisons supermarket as they can be different to a typical Monday.
Opening times vary locally, particularly with coronavirus affecting shops in some areas.
Morrisons has a simple store finder tool which you can use to find the opening times.
Just fill in your postcode, select the store near you and you’ll be able to see the store hours.
What time is Sainsbury’s open?
Many stores will have shorter opening times than a usual Monday, but this can vary from one branch to another so it’s always worth checking.
Some larger Sainsbury’s stores will be open from 10am until 5pm instead of 7am until 8pm. Others are open from 8am until 8pm instead of 7am until 10pm.
Smaller Sainsbury’s Local stores are generally open as usual.
Using Sainsbury’s online store locator is a simple way to check opening times.
You just need to enter for your local store, area or address. Then check the store details for the shop you’re planning to visit.
When is Lidl open?
Some Lidl shops have reduced shopping hours (8am until 8pm for most stores).
Lidl is usually open 8am to 10pm on Mondays, but most of its stores will close slightly earlier at 8pm because of the bank holiday.
The above times apply to the majority of shops, so your local supermarket may be slightly different.
Check the online store finder tool to find exact opening times for your nearest Lidl.
To find your closest Lidl, enter your postcode and click on your store to reveal its opening hours.
These times apply for England and Wales. Scotland stores will remain open as usual on bank holiday Monday.
When are the bank holiday dates for 2020?
August 31 is the last bank holiday in England and Wales before the festive season, below are the remaining ones.
Dates in Scotland and Northern Ireland vary.
- Friday, December 25 (Christmas Day)
- Monday, December 28 (substitute Boxing Day)
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It’s unlikely you’ll get to enjoy hot weather though, as a “polar plunge” is set to bring -1C frost in what could be the coldest August bank holiday in 40 years.