Supermarket opening hours May bank holiday 2022: what time do Tesco, Iceland, Lidl, Asda open and close today?

This is what times the major UK supermarkets are open on Monday 2 May.This is what times the major UK supermarkets are open on Monday 2 May.
This is what times the major UK supermarkets are open on Monday 2 May. | Adobe Stock Photos

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Most supermarkets will be operating different opening hours on May Day

The May bank holiday weekend is upon us, which means that a day off work for many.

Every year, May Day brings the opportunity for people to enjoy a three-day weekend and extra time with their families, but that means a change to shop operating hours.

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So what times are the major supermarkets open on Monday 2 May?

Here’s what you need to know.

When is May bank holiday?

May Day takes place in the UK every year on May 1 or the first Monday of the month.

May Day is a UK bank holiday and traditionally workers are given an extra day off work to celebrate this, meaning many people enjoy a three day weekend at the start of May.

What time are supermarkets open over the May bank holiday weekend?

Each of the eight main supermarkets have different opening and closing times on Monday 2 May.

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Shoppers are, however, advised to check the opening times of their local store before visiting, as times may change at certain shops.

Here are the general opening times for the major supermarkets.

Morrisons

  • Monday 2 May: 7am to 8pm

Visit the Morrisons store finder to check the opening times for your local store.

Tesco

  • Monday 2 May: Superstores: 8am to 6pmExpress stores: 7am to 11pm

Extra stores: 8am to 6pm

Visit the Tesco store finder to check the opening times for your local store.

Aldi

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  • Monday 2 May: 8am to 8pm

Visit the Aldi store finder to check the opening times for your local store.

Lidl

  • Monday 2 May: 8am to 8pm

Visit the Lidl store finder to check the opening times for your local store.

Asda

  • Monday 2 May: 10am to 5pm

Visit the Asda store finder to check the opening times for your local store.

Sainsbury’s

  • Monday 2 May: 8am to 8pm

Visit the Sainsbury’s store finder to check the opening times for your local store.

Waitrose

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  • Monday 2 May: 8am to 6pm

Visit the Waitrose store finder to check the opening times for your local store.

Co-op

  • Monday 2 May: 7am to 10pm

Visit the Co-op store finder to check the opening times for your local store.

Why do we celebrate May Day?

The celebration of May Day dates back to ancient times, when Romans celebrated the festival of Flora, the goddess of flowers and spring.

In Britain, people celebrated the festival of Beltane on 1 May to mark the halfway point between spring and summer.

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In modern times, people organise and attend events to celebrate the approaching summer season on May Day.

What will the weather be like on May Day?

The Met Office have said that the upcoming May bank holiday weather forecast is poor, and have warned that temperatures will drop on Monday 2 May.

Experts predicted that those in the north of the UK can expect nights as cold as -5C, while those in the south could see temperatures reach as low as -2C.

What other shops and services are affected by the bank holiday?

During bank holidays in the UK, stores are often shut or operating during reduced hours and with reduced staff.

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This means the services they would usually provide are either unavailable or possibly limited.

Some hardware stores are reducing their opening hours on May Day so it’s best to make sure you know what opening times your local stores are operating too before you plan any bank holiday meals.

Royal Mail deliveries and collections are also changed by the bank holiday, and Post Office opening times will be affected too.

If you receive a benefit payment you can also expect that change due the May bank holiday.

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