The majority of the day of the Queen’s funeral will see the closure of the gas stations at the nation’s largest supermarkets, with some stations reopening in the evening.
On Monday, forecourts will be closed by Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, and Morrisons until some of them reopen at 17:00 BST.
Customers have been encouraged to check nearby pumps since it is believed that just a small number of Tesco self-service petrol stations will reopen in the evening.
One in five forecourts is run by supermarkets, yet they control the fuel market.
According to the RAC motoring club, two out of every three filling stations in the nation are run by independent traders, although they only sell little more than a third of the petroleum. The remaining fuel is sold at locations owned by oil giants.
The RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams advised drivers in need of a fill-up to look for a good-value independent filling station that is opting to stay open or top off over the weekend instead because many supermarket forecourts would be closed until the evening of Monday.
A spokesperson for independent fuel merchants, the Petrol Retailers Association, has been contacted for comment.
According to Morrisons, its gas stations will reopen at 17:00 on Monday, even though all of its supermarkets will be closed as a “symbol of respect” and “so colleagues can pay tribute to Her Majesty.”
However, as the majority of its gas stations have various hours of operation, drivers are advised to check the company’s website to see if their neighborhood stations are open.
For consumers to “pick up vital products,” Sainsbury’s stated its filling stations will be open on Monday from 17:00 to 22:00.
The grocery store issued a statement saying, “We thank our customers for their understanding.”
Major retailers and companies in the UK have declared they will close their doors on the day of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral as a gesture of respect.
However, it is up to companies to decide whether to grant personnel the day off to commemorate the national day of mourning. King Charles III granted a bank holiday on Monday for the state funeral at Westminster Abbey.
Shell announced that its corporate-owned gas stations would close between 10:30 and 13:00.
The oil company owns and runs 526 of the 1,123 locations it has in the UK. The other 597 are held by independent dealers who conduct business under the brand.
According to the business, the closure was done to “enable personnel and customers to pay their condolences” during the funeral service.
However, it noted that the company has “asked them to also consider shutting to enable their workers and customers to pay their respects.” The corporation stated that the operating hours of its independent stations were at the “discretion of individual businesses.”
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