Many major retailers across the UK are closing on Boxing Day to reward staff for their hard work during the pandemic.
So far, at least four of the ‘Big Seven’ supermarkets have confirmed they will not be open on December 26, but others including Asda are yet to confirm their plans.
Asda, which closed on December 26 last year, is yet to confirm its plans for 2021.
Other big names yet to announce whether or not they will open on Boxing Day include Tesco, which chose to stay open last year, reports Chronicle Live.
Sainsbury’s remained open on Boxing Day 2020 but has chosen to close its stores this year – giving around 170,000 employees the day off. Morrisons has also confirmed that it will close.
Shoppers should expect reduced hours on Monday, December 27 and Tuesday, December 28 as they are both bank holidays due to Christmas and Boxing Day falling on a Saturday and Sunday respectively.
Below is a list of retailers that are closing on Boxing Day to give their staff a rest.
Morrisons kept supermarkets open last Boxing Day, offering double pay to staff, but has confirmed it will keep its 497 stores shut on Sunday December 26, 2021.
It means Morrisons will be closed for two consecutive days, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
For Morrisons opening times, check its online store locator.
Aldi has chosen to close stores on Boxing Day for more than 30 years, and this year is no different.
Aldi supermarkets around the country will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day in 2021. Stores are due to shut at 6pm on Christmas Eve and reopen at 8am on December 27.
In the run-up to Christmas, Aldi will introduce extended opening times. Find the hours at your nearest Aldi supermarkets by checking its store locator.
Sainsbury’s, Argos, and Habitat
Sainsbury’s announced in September that it will keep all its supermarkets, small convenience stores and petrol stations shut on Boxing Day 2021.
Sainsbury’s owned Argos and Habitat will also be shut. It means around 170,000 employees will get a day off.
Simon Roberts, Sainsbury’s Chief Executive, said: “Christmas is a really special time for so many, but because of lockdown restrictions last year, lots of us weren’t able to celebrate in the way we wanted. In recognition of this and to say a massive thank you to all our colleagues for everything they have done during the last challenging year, we will be closing all of our supermarkets, convenience stores and petrol filling stations, as well as Argos and Habitat stores, this Boxing Day. I want to thank our customers in advance for their understanding, which will mean as many of our team as possible can have a well-deserved break to spend time with loved ones.”
Check Sainsbury’s store locatorfor opening hours.
For the Argos store locator, head
Waitrose and John Lewis
All Waitrose supermarkets will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, other than some in Welcome Break motorways service stations and Shell forecourts.
Most Waitrose stores will shut at 6pm on Christmas Eve, with extended opening hours in the days running up to December 24.
John Lewis stores will also be shut “as usual” on Boxing Day, except for one in Trafford, the retailer says.
Check Waitrose’s store locatorfor opening hours.
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Marks & Spencer will once again stay closed on Boxing Day 2021.
Boss Steve Rowe confirmed the move in a message to 70,000 employees, saying the closure is to thank staff for hard work over the past year.
All M&S-owned stores in the UK will close on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Mr Rowe wrote: “Up and down the country, our colleagues have been there for our customers in the most challenging of circumstances.
“As a small thank you for their incredible hard work, we’ve taken the decision to close our operations on Boxing Day once again this year, to enable our colleagues to spend more time with their family and loved ones.”
Check M&S opening hours.
In September Iceland’s boss revealed on Question Time that the chain’s supermarkets will be closed on Boxing Day as well as Christmas Day.
Asked by by Fiona Bruce if he would like to see the member of the public get Boxing Day off, Iceland boss Richard Walker answered ‘yes’, before confirming that Iceland will keep its stores shut on December 26, 2021.
Check Iceland’sfor opening hours near you.
Discount retailer Wilko has confirmed it will be closed on Boxing Day.
A spokesperson says: “As a family-owned retailer, Wilko understands the importance of spending quality time with loved ones and after such a difficult year.
“Wilko has decided to give all its team members a day off on December 26 to spend with their families this Christmas.”
Check Wilko’sfor opening hours.
To thank staff, Home Bargains says it is keeping all 500 of its stores closed on Boxing Day. They will also shut on New Year’s Day.
A spokesperson said: “We recognise how incredibly hard all of our colleagues have worked over the last year, to continue to serve the local communities that rely on them so much.
“In light of this, we felt it was only right to reward store teams by taking the decision to close all of our stores on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, and also close stores early at 5pm on Christmas Eve.
“As a family-run business we know the importance of being together at Christmas with those we care about most, now more than ever, and this is our way of saying thank you to all of our colleagues for their continued hard work and dedication.”
Check Home Bargains’ opening hours.
Holland and Barrett
Health chain Holland and Barrett is giving its 500 store and warehouse staff a day off on Boxing Day.
Anthony Houghton, group retail and property director at Holland and Barrett, said: “The decision to close our stores in the UK and Ireland on December 25 and 26, one of the busiest trading periods of the year, is to say thank you to our colleagues who have worked tirelessly and under very difficult restrictions since the coronavirus pandemic began in 2020.
“I would like to thank everyone at Holland and Barrett for their continued hard work and commitment to each other and our customers and hope this time away from work will allow them to spend quality time with loved ones over this period.”
Check Holland and Barrett’s opening hours.
Pets at Home
For the second year in a row Pets at Home will be closed on Boxing Day, the retailer has confirmed.
Pets at Home chief executive officer Peter Pritchard said: “Our people are the beating heart of our business and they have worked tirelessly once again this year to ensure that the nation’s pets and their owners have access to everything they need to stay happy and healthy.
“Caring for our colleagues is something we take very seriously and closing our stores again on Boxing Day is another small way to show our appreciation and say thank you. It’s a little early to be wishing anyone a merry Christmas, but we hope that our colleagues will be able to use this time to relax with family and friends, and of course, their pets.”
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