Supermarkets and shops

Shopping is the number one pastime in the UK and accounts for around 37% of all money spent in England. Peak shopping days are Saturdays and Sundays although most retail shops are generally open six or seven days a week.


General opening times

General opening times are Mondays – Saturdays 09:00 to 17:30 and Sundays 10:00 to 16:00 (or 11:00 to 17:00). Some shopping centres out of town stay open until 20:00 or later. Shops are also generally open on Bank Holidays.

Many supermarkets and superstores open from 08:00 until 22:00 Monday to Saturday and 10:00 to 16:00 (or 11:00 to 17:00) on Sundays. Large supermarkets are permitted to open for 24 hours except for Sundays and most supermarkets are open on public holidays and Bank Holidays

Most city centre banks now open Monday to Saturdays but do not open on Bank Holidays.


Christmas opening times

Over the Christmas and New Year period, many shops are closed on Christmas Day (December 25) and some shops are closed on New Year’s Day (January 1). However, an increasing number of shops are now opening on Boxing Day (December 26), which is when many start their ‘New Year’ sales.


Easter opening times

It is likely that most shopping centres will be closed on Easter Sunday and there will be reduced shopping hours on Easter Monday (often from either 10:00 or 11:00).


Shopping online

A number of large UK supermarkets offer an online shopping service that delivers to your door. These include Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose.

You may also wish to buy other items online. There are a whole host of online shopping sites including Amazon and Bizrate.


Find out more about shopping in Leicester in our Leicester guide. Here you will find all you need to know about the city centre, markets and the new Highcross shopping centre.

There are many supermarkets in and around the city, too, selling food and homeware.



29-31 Western Boulevard, Leicester LE2 7HN - 0116 247 1490

157 Granby Street, Leicester LE1 6FE - 0116 206 8500

58-62 Humberstone Gate, Leicester LE1 3PJ - 0116 262 6365



16 Kemble Square, Leicester LE1 3YD - 0116 251 7045


Bede Island, Leicester LE2 7HN - 0845 674 6441

Welford Place, Leicester LE1 6ZH - 0845 675 6940

2 Maidenwell Avenue, Leicester LE5 1BJ - 0845 677 9417

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