Another supermarket will shut 600 shops in England and Wales on Easter Sunday

Opening hours revealed as Sainsbury’s announces it will be closing 600 major stores for Easter Sunday…so will your local store be open?

  • Sainsbury’s is ready to close 600 of its larger stores by Easter Sunday (April 9)
  • Staff will be given a day off in a move following that of rival Aldi

Another of Britain’s largest supermarkets will close stores on Easter Sunday, with staff given the day off.

Sainsbury’s is poised to close 600 of its larger stores on April 9 in line with government regulations.

These rules require shops in England and Wales larger than 280 square meters to close on Easter Sunday and Christmas Day.

This means the 600 larger stores will remain closed all day, while their smaller convenience stores will be able to operate differently.

Sunday trading laws state that stores that choose to remain open can only do so for six consecutive hours between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Sainsbury’s will close 600 of its larger stores on Easter Sunday and staff will be given the day off

In Scotland, the supermarket shops operate according to Sunday shopping.

The UK’s smaller 800 convenience stores will remain open from 7am to 10pm as usual.

Sainsbury’s stores are open on Good Friday from 06:00 to 23:00, on Easter Saturday from 06:00 to 23:00 and on Easter Monday from 07:00 to 22:00.

However, these hours are not guaranteed and vary depending on your location.

Visit the Sainsbury’s store locator to find out the opening times of your local branch. This indicates the size of your local store and whether it is open or closed as a result.

This follows a similar move by competitor Aldi, which has confirmed it will close 890 stores across England and Wales on Easter Sunday to give staff a day off.

Other supermarket chains have not yet announced their opening hours for the long Easter weekend.