Which shops are open on this public holiday in early May? | UK News

A closeup of a shopping basket

Shop til you drop this bank holiday (Picture: Getty Images)

The beginning of May The bank holiday is fast approaching and promises a day off for many.

And that’s not all, because May, thanks to the coronation of King Charles III. an additional holiday.

Many of us use the extra day off to meet up with loved ones or to complete a mountain of tasks that have been pushed aside.

Others might want to hit the stores for a bit of retail therapy before the Monday blues – now postponed to Tuesday – kicks in.

But are the shops open as usual on May 1st? Here’s what you need to know.

Which shops are open on bank holiday Monday?

Many supermarkets and shops are open as usual.

Tesco supermarket sign

It’s business as usual for many supermarkets (Picture: Getty Images)

Unlike Easter Sunday, when trading laws dictate that stores over a certain size must close for the day, there are no such laws on this bank holiday.

However, shops may have different opening hours, allowing staff to finish earlier or start later to enjoy the holiday.

Most supermarkets are open during their normal opening hours, but shoppers are advised to check with their local branch beforehand.

Supermarkets aren’t the only places to spend your money, clothing stores and restaurants also have normal opening hours.

Costa Coffee sign

Shoppers can fill up at their local Costa (Image: Dave Rushen/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Costa Coffee Shops are expected to remain open over the holidays, although opening times vary from shop to shop.

Those looking to do some DIY will be pleased to know that the Homebase stores will be open from 8am to 7pm on May 1st.

Clothing stores such as Next and Primark are open during the holidays, however shoppers are urged to check local store opening times as these may vary by region.

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