Greggs signage on Reading store

Source: Greggs

Greggs, Costa, Birds Bakery and Cooplands are among the businesses to close on Monday 19 September as a mark of respect for the Queen’s funeral.

The businesses shared the messages on social media as they wish to allow employees the opportunity to pay their respects to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and, as such, will not open their retail sites that day with normal operations resuming on Tuesday 20 September.

Both Greggs and Costa added that a small number of their shops, operated by franchise partners, may remain open. Costa Express machines, found in various retailers, will also remain operational.

Starbucks UK, meanwhile, announced that it would be closing all company-owned stores between 11am and 2pm on Monday. However, some operated by partners or near the funeral may stay open.

Gail’s Bakery said on Twitter that its stores “will remain open baking for our communities” but staff have been given the option to take time off to pay their respects, should they wish to. 

Craft bakers are taking different approaches. Reading-based family business Warings Bakery will be closed on Monday while Dunns Bakery in London will close between 10:45 and 1pm.