Supermarkets and shops experience a surge in shoppers over the Christmas period and are usually open extended hours, alongside Christmas Eve, Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve.
However, Aldi and Home Bargains have once again decided to go against the grain and remain closed on Boxing Day, in order to give staff a well-earned break.
Aldi shuts its doors on Boxing Day
Aldi has remained closed on Boxing Day for several years now, allowing employees to spend time with family and friends, taking a much-needed break from work.
A post on the Aldi Shoppers UK Facebook group shared the supermarket’s Christmas hours for this year. The news was celebrated by both shoppers and staff.
People also took to Twitter to express their delight with Aldi’s decision.
One Twitter user commented: “Yes Aldi!! Finally hopes of a national PJ day are ebbing closer. Home Bargains was last week- who will be next to announce closing on Boxing Day?”
Another added to this, remarking: “Can’t believe Aldi staff have Xmas day and Boxing Day off @AldiUK #TopEmployers #Amazing #CantThankYouEnough.”
Aldi stores will remain open on Christmas Eve and close for Christmas Day and Boxing Day. They will reopen on December 27.
Aldi has remained closed on Boxing Day for several years now, allowing employees to spend time with family and friends, taking a much-needed break from work (Photo: Shutterstock)
Home Bargains give staff a break on Boxing Day
For the second year in a row, Home Bargains has decided to remain shut on Boxing Day in the hope of giving staff a break - and much-deserved time with their loved ones.
The decision to close on Boxing Day was highly praised by both shoppers and staff when they shut their doors last year, with the chain store deciding to do so again this year.
This extra day off isn’t taken out of employee’s holiday allowance, which means the 22,000 employees will still get paid.
In a post on both Twitter and Instagram, Home Bargains said: “To all our staff: Thank you for all your hard work once again this year.
All our stores will be closed on Boxing Day to ensure you are able to spend time with your friends and family.”
In a paragraph dedicated to customers, the store said: “Thank you for your understanding and support.”
Customers also took to Twitter to comment on the store’s decision, with one shopper commenting: “Home Bargains is one of the biggest retailers in the UK and they’ve closed Boxing Day this year.
“Good on them I say. Yeah you could say Boxing Day is ‘just another day’ but stops you enjoying Christmas night.”
Another customer tweeted: “Nice to see Home Bargains taking the lead and closing their stores on Boxing Day to give their staff time off. Well done to them for thinking of their staff.”
Nice to see Home Bargains taking the lead and closing their stores on Boxing Day to give their staff time off.Well done to them for thinking of their staff.
— margaret graves (@margare69409242) November 21, 2019
Home Bargains stores will remain open on Christmas Eve, before closing for Christmas Day and Boxing Day, and reopening on December 27.
John Lewis and Lidl to remain closed on Boxing Day
Every year, John Lewis closes all of its branches in order to give their hard-working employees a rest over the festive period.
Numerous branches of Lidl will also remain closed on Boxing Day. This is apart from those inside the M25, which will be open from 10am-7pm.
However, this may vary from place to place so it's worth checking the Lidl store finder to see whether your local branch is open.
Other stores that will be closed on Boxing Day
Marks and Spencer will be opening its bigger stores on Boxing Day, but most of the smaller M&S branches will be closed. Again, it's worth checking the M&S website to see if your local store will be open.
Waitrose have said that the majority of its stores will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, with the exception of those at Welcome Break motorway service stations and Shell forecourts.
This article was originally published on our sister site, Yorkshire Evening Post.