May bank holiday opening hours: Are shops open today on bank holiday? Shopping guide

This month May has two bank holiday weekends, with the first falling on May 8 to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day. Monday, May 25 is also a bank holiday this year. Here’s which shops will be opening on the May bank holiday, and what opening hours stores will be operating on.

Are supermarkets open on the bank holiday?

Sainsbury’s are open on bank holiday Monday this year, and most Sainsbury’s stores will be open between 8am to 8pm.

Priority shopping hours for vulnerable customers, NHS workers and carers will be operating on the bank holiday between 7.30am and 9am in most stores on Monday.

Opening times may differ depending on your local store, so you can use the Sainsbury’s store locator tool HERE to check your local store’s opening hours.


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Many Asda stores will be operating on reduced opening hours on the bank holiday.

Check your local Asda opening hours, and the hours reserved for NHS workers, HERE. 

Tesco’s operating hours will differ depending on your local store, with some superstores operating on reduced hours between 8am and 6pm.

Express stores are still operating on their usual opening hours over the bank holiday, and you can check these via the Tesco store locator tool HERE.

Morrisons stores will be opening on its usual schedule this bank holiday.

To check when your local Morrisons store opens, check using the Morrisons store locator tool HERE.

Morrisons operate an NHS hour for healthcare workers between 6am and 7am, Monday to Saturday.

Waitrose will be open as usual on Monday, May 25.

To check your nearest Waitrose store’s opening hours, use the store locator tool HERE.


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Over the bank holiday Wickes stores will be open from 6.30am to 9pm.

Wickes stores have recently started reopening, with new social distancing rules in place.

To check whether your nearest Wickes store is open, use the Wickes store locator HERE.

You can also find out what time your local B&Q store will be open HERE.


Garden centres across the UK were recently given the green light by the Government to reopen.

All garden centres closed at the end of March when the UK-wide lockdown began.

Garden centre chain Dobbies has now reopened its stores in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

You can check your local Dobbies store opening times HERE.

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