Sainsbury's May bank holiday opening times – what time do stores open on VE Day?

SAINSBURY'S shoppers can still nab essentials at the supermarket during the VE Day May bank holiday weekend.

The opening hours will change slightly though – we explain all you need to know.

Victory in Europe Day falls on Friday, May 8, and to mark the occasion, Brits will celebrate with a bank holiday on this day.

Generally known as VE Day, it represents the day the Second World War ended in 1945.

Bank holidays in the UK usually fall on a Monday, but the government moved the early May bank holiday this year so it coincides with the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

Below are Sainsbury's opening hours for the VE Day bank holiday weekend.

What time is Sainsbury's open over the VE Day bank holiday weekend?

During the VE Day May bank holiday, most Sainsbury's supermarkets will be open from 8am to 8pm.

This applies even on the second bank holiday this month on May 25.

Throughout the rest of May, the vast majority of stores are open from 8am to 10pm.

The opening times of a small number of Sainsbury’s Locals may vary though, so check the store locator for the most up to date information.

Sainsbury's also offers priority NHS opening hours from 7.30am to 8am Monday to Saturday, as well as a dedicated shopping hour for elderly customers from 8am to 9am Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

These policies will continue over the bank holiday weekend, Sainsbury's told The Sun.

Sainsbury's extended its opening hours recently, meaning the "vast majority" of shops are now open from 8am to 10pm during normal weeks.

Sainsbury's hopes this reduces queuing times both inside and outside stores.

When are the bank holiday dates for 2020?

Here is the full list of upcoming 2020 bank holidays in England and Wales.

Dates in Scotland and Northern Ireland vary.

  • Friday, May 8 (Early May Bank Holiday)
  • Monday, May 25 (Spring Bank Holiday)
  • Monday, August 31 (Summer Bank Holiday)
  • Friday, December 25 (Christmas Day)
  • Monday, December 28 (substitute Boxing Day)

What about the other supermarkets? Opening times for Tesco, Asda, Lidl, and Morrisons and more.

We also round up the opening hours for DIY stores including B&Q, Wickes, Homebase and Screwfix.

What is VE Day? History behind the victory in Europe and what happened 75 years ago.

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