Marks & Spencer and John Lewis will stay closed on the morning of the royal wedding, Friday April 29, and other retailers are considering whether to follow suit.
Both retailers will open at 1pm on the day, a bank holiday, to enable staff to enjoy the occasion, although Marks & Spencer may open some London shops where it would expect trade to benefit from the events surrounding the wedding.
John Lewis retail director Andrew Murphy said: “The royal wedding is a unique national day of celebration.”
Many malls will trade normal bank holiday hours. Capital Shopping Centres, which has just bought Manchester’s Trafford Centre and whose other properties include Cardiff’s St David’s scheme, said its city centre malls would open from 10am to 5pm and its out-of-town ones until 6pm or 7pm. Bluewater will open from 10am until 9pm.
See next week’s issue of Drapers for news on independents’ royal wedding trading plans.