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Which supermarkets and shops are open on Early May bank holiday Monday?

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

The Early May bank holiday is almost here promising a day of leisure for many.

Many of us use the extra day off work to catch up with loved ones or tackle a mountain of chores that have been pushed to the side.

Those plans could well be dependent on the weather, but we’ve got our fingers crossed that temperatures will start to rise and spring might finally arrive by the end of the week.

Others might want to hit the shops for a bit of retail therapy before the Monday blues – now shifted to Tuesday – set in.

But are shops open as normal on May 6? Here’s what you need to know.

What shops are open on bank holiday Monday?

Many supermarkets and shops will be open as normal.

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

Unlike Easter Sunday, where trading laws mean stores over a certain size need to close for the day, this bank holiday has no such laws around it.

However, stores might be operating under different opening hours so employees can finish earlier or start later to enjoy the bank holiday.

Most supermarkets will be open during their normal hours, though shoppers are advised to check with their local branch beforehand.

Supermarket opening times on May 6

These include:

  • Sainsbury’s – The majority of larger stores will be open from 8am-8pm, with convenience stores 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.

Shoppers will be able to refuel at their local Costa (Picture: Dave Rushen/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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.

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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