Sainsbury’s, Aldi and Tesco opening times this Bank Holiday

The UK’s five major supermarkets have warned customers of store closures over this weekend. None of them are expected to shut entirely over the weekend but many will observe different opening hours.

Most shops will practice business as usual on Friday, May 3, Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 4, though this isn’t the case for Monday, May 6.

The early May Bank Holiday is observed in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and means many people get an extra day off work. has rounded up the opening hours for Marks and Spencer, Lidl, Waitrose, Tesco, Aldi, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Morrisons.


Aldi shoppers will be able to visit their local store during normal opening hours on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5.

These are typically 8am until 10pm on Saturdays, and 10am until 4pm on Sundays. Trading hours will change a little on the Bank Holiday Monday, however, with stores in England and Wales open from 8am until 8pm. Aldi stores in Scotland will open at 8am and close at 10pm as usual.

The opening times of some stores may vary so customers should check the details of their local store on Aldi’s website.


Most Waitrose stores will be open as normal, however, some smaller stores will have different opening times compared to larger shops.

A spokesperson told “On Monday, May 6, most Waitrose & Partners shops will trade during normal hours. Some Little Waitrose shops will open from 7am to 10pm.

“Before visiting our shops, we encourage customers to check the opening times of their local branch here. Our delivery service will proceed as normal for Hours remain unchanged for Saturday May 4 and Sunday May 5.”

Marks and Spencer

Marks and Spencer stores are open as usual on Saturday May 4 and Sunday May 5, 2024.

On a Sunday there are limits on how long some stores can be open, depending on their size, due to Sunday trading laws. However, in some shops you can browse for a period of time before tills open to make sales at 10am.

Monday, May 6 is a Bank Holiday which means some M&S stores will open later and close earlier than usual. For example, stores in Newcastle and Croydon will open at 9am instead of 8am, and close at 6pm instead of 7pm.

In Aberystwyth, there’s no change to it’s usual opening time of 8am, but the doors will shut two hours earlier – at 6pm rather than 8pm.


Lidl supermarkets will be open as usual on the May Bank Holiday weekend. Stores will be open between 8am and 10pm across the UK, but shoppers can check local store opening times by using the store finder.


Tesco stores will be open as usual over the Bank Holiday weekend. However, opening hours will vary depending on location and store type.

Superstores will operate with reduced hours on Monday, May 6 closing by 8pm. Some Tesco locations are open 24 hours a day, but typically larger stores open from 6am or 7am, and close between 10pm and 11pm.

Express stores typically remain open as usual on Bank Holidays between 6am and 11pm, or even midnight in some locations.


Sainsbury’s shoppers can still grab groceries over the Bank Holiday weekend but opening hours may differ.

A Sainsbury’s spokesperson told the Express: “The vast majority of our supermarkets will be open from 7am until 10pm on Friday and Saturday, 10am until 4pm on Sunday and 8am until 8pm on Bank Holiday Monday. Our convenience stores will be open as usual from 7am to 11pm.

“Opening hours can vary though, so we advise customers to check our store locator for the latest details for their area.”


Morrisons will be open as normal on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5. Shops will open their doors at 6am or 7am and close between 10pm and midnight.

This includes Morrisons Daily stores which are the chain’s convenience store brand. Some are even 24 hours, so will be open from midnight to midnight, but others have shorter opening hours between 6am and 11pm or midnight.

On Sunday, larger Morrisons stores in England and Wales open at either 10am and 11am and close between 4pm and 5pm, as usual. Morrisons Daily stores will open from 7am until 10pm.

Hours will be shorter on Bank Holiday Monday, with most stores open at 7am or 8am until 8pm. Selected shops may remain open until 10pm, but it’s best to check your local store opening times before heading out.

Morrisons petrol stations will also open half an hour earlier and close half an hour later on the Bank Holiday Monday.

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