THE Easter bank holiday is finally here – but it could alter your local supermarket's opening hours.
Avoid being caught short of essentials – we reveal a full list of supermarkets that will be closed today on Good Friday.
This year, Good Friday falls on April 15 (today), Easter Sunday on April 17, and Easter Monday on April 18.
You never know when you may need last-minute supplies, but it's always best to check shopping hours before leaving home to avoid disappointment.
Here's which supermarkets will be closed today, and over the rest of the Easter break.
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Today on Good Friday, April 15, the supermarket will operate with normal trading hours for the most part – but the stores that are usually open late may close a little earlier.
Tomorrow on Saturday April 16, stores will run as normal too – but on Easter Monday, opening hours will vary depending on location and store type.
Shoppers can browse its aisles between 7am and 11pm on a normal weekday.
Tesco said all large stores in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 17.
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So customers should check local branches using its locator to be sure.
Note that Express stores will also remain open over the Easter weekend, as will Scottish stores.
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Today on Good Friday and tomorrow, Saturday April 16, stores will remain open as usual.
For Easter Sunday, you should expect all Morrisons stores to be closed, excluding Scottish shops.
Fans of Morrisons can normally visit a store between 7am and 11pm – but its hours will change over the Easter weekend.
Morrisons told us that the majority of its branches will be open Easter Monday between 7am and 8pm, with the exception of a few who will be open until 10pm.
You can find your local store with this locator to check the specifics.
The Co-op told us that its stores will be open as usual today on Good Friday, Saturday, and Easter Monday.
Large Co-op stores will be closed on Easter Sunday, with Co-op convenience stores operating usual hours.
Usual Co-op opening hours can vary, but they typically range from 7am to 11pm.
The Co-op also has a store locator that is worth checking beforehand.
The cost-friendly supermarket announced that 850 stores in England and Wales will be open until 10pm today on Good Friday and 10pm tomorrow.
As with previous years, Aldi shops are to remain closed on Easter Sunday, but will be back open until 8pm on Easter Monday.
Aldi shoppers can visit between 8am and 10pm normally.
The opening times of some stores may vary, so customers should check details on Aldi’s website before making a trip.
Branches will be open as normal today on Good Friday, as well as tomorrow and Easter Monday, and stores in Scotland will remain open on all days.
Like the others, the vast majority of Sainsbury's supermarkets across England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be closed on Easter Sunday.
Large Sainsbury's shops are typically open between 7am and 11pm.
It's always a good idea to check Sainsbury's store locator for the latest details though.
Today on Good Friday and Easter Monday, most Waitrose stores will be open from 8am to 8pm, with some Little Waitrose shops opening from 6am to midnight.
On Easter Sunday, all Waitrose & Partners shops in England and Wales will be closed.
Normal Waitrose opening hours range between 7am to 8pm or 10pm.
Its website states that all Waitrose branches will trade normally tomorrow, Saturday April 16.
Use the branch finder to be certain before you head out.
Across Good Friday, Saturday and Easter Monday, M&S stores will largely operate as normal, but a small number may have slightly reduced hours.
M&S told The Sun it will be closed on Easter Sunday, with the exception of its Scottish stores which will remain open.
Customers can browse between 7am and 8pm on normal weekdays.
You can find out nearer the time using the store searcher.
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Lidl told us that the majority of its stores will be shut on Easter Sunday, so shoppers will have to visit beforehand if they need essentials.
For the rest of the Easter weekend, opening times will vary at Lidl, so it's best to check your nearest store hours via the online locator.
Over the Easter period, those with a Costco membership can expect to shop between 10am to 6pm today on Good Friday and Easter Monday.
Meanwhile, trading hours will remain normal on the Saturday, which is tomorrow.
All Costco stores will be closed on Easter Sunday.
Specific warehouse opening hours and locations can be found at Costco's website.
Asda and Iceland
The Sun has asked these supermarkets when it will be opening over the Easter period, and we will update this article when we hear back.
Though last April, standard opening times remained in place for Good Friday, the Saturday, and Easter Monday.
Based on previous year's Easter opening hours, all Asda stores will be closed on Easter Sunday, and back open on Easter Monday between 8am and 8pm.
You should find details about your local branch on its website.
Based on Iceland's 2021 Easter hours for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, stores are likely to be closed on Easter Sunday.
Depending on the location, freezer fans can typically visit Iceland between 8am and 11pm throughout the week.
Meanwhile, flatpack furniture fans should be aware of these Ikea store closures.
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