Popular British supermarket chain Lidl has confirmed it will be giving its staff a much-deserved break this holiday season by revealing that almost all of their shops will be shut for three days as part of their Christmasopening times, including Boxing Day.
In addition to being shut on Christmas and New Year’s Day as usual, Lidl has announced that nearly all of their 960 stores around the UK will also be shut on Boxing Day this year as more and more brands are looking to reward their employees with some well-earned rest during the busiest time of the year.
The German-founded European franchise is one of the biggest discount food retailers not only here in Britain but across the continent, with upwards of 360,000 employees worldwide.
With that being said, they are well aware of how much of a toll the long hours can take during the festive period and feel it’s only fair to once again give their workers an extra day off and simply encourage people to get their shopping done ahead of time.
As per Lidl’s own data, the stats from 2022 showed that the busiest time for shoppers during Christmas were around midday, with the highest levels of footfall being recorded between 12 noon and 2pm.
As a result, the supermarket is recommending that customers looking to avoid the crowds shop between 8am and 10am, or from 6pm onwards, which have proved to be some of the quietest times in-store over recent years.
They are also warning that the last Friday before Christmas this year, 22 December, is also likely to be the most hectic day, so don’t leave until too late if you don’t want to risk battling your way through the aisles.
However, for those of you hoping/needing to do a bit of shopping for whatever reason on Boxing Day, you can use Lidl’s store locator to check the opening times of your nearest branches.
Other affordable supermarkets and retailers such as Aldi, Poundland, Iceland and Home Bargains will also once again be shutting this Boxing Day.
And for anyone working in supermarkets, retail or hospitality during what we all know can be a very stressful and demanding time of the year, thank you in advance and we hope you have a wonderful break wherever it comes.
A look at the plans to turn historic Ancoats mill with rich musical heritage into new apartment complex
Hodder + Partners have just revealed new CGIs and a more detailed look at the plans for their redevelopment of the longstanding Brunswick Mill in Ancoats which is set to become a brand-new apartment complex.
The proposals to turn the once creative space with decades of musical heritage into a new residential site were revealed back in 2021 and approved within just a few months, despite having been met with plenty of resistance given its history and cultural significance.
Nevertheless, Northern company Big Red Construction recently kicked off the £50+ million renovation on behalf of developer Arrowsmith Investments and the apartments are projected to be finished in 2026.
With that in mind, the architectural designers Hodder have just released a new look at what Brunswick Mill is set to look like once completed:
Set to transform the historic industrial mill-turned-creative space and music studios on the edge of New Islington into 153 new apartments, ranging from one, two and three-bedroom residences, the redevelopment will be spread across two phases.
In line with designs by Hodder + Partners, the initial phase involves converting the existing mill building and the construction of new four and seven-storey elements to accommodate the remaining 127 homes on the Bradford Road plot in Ancoats.
Big Red Construction, who are also working on the Peelers Yard building for CERT Property and Myprotein founder Oliver Cookson, are expected to complete phase one by the first quarter of 2026.
Here’s another look at what living space people are already buying up:
Along with Hodder + Partners as architects, the project team also consists of HW Consultancy who are covering structural aspects, Manchester firm Clancy for mechanical and electrical considerations, as well as AM Pyro as fire engineers.
With property company Orlando Reid serving as estate agents for the project, 42 out of the 153 apartments have already been sold off-plan, with managing director Baljit Arora describing it as “an exciting period for all parties involved and for the city of Manchester”.
This is just the latest chapter in the continued regeneration of the Ancoats and the New Islington areas, which remain two of the most heavily re-developed areas in the city centre and Greater Manchester as a whole. You can see other hot properties in and around the region HERE.