Boxing Day is undoubtedly one of the busiest days in the UK retail calendar.
But after what has been a year like no other in recent memory, things are set to be a little different in 2020, with a number of stores announcing they will be closing doors on 26th December to allow staff to enjoy a prolonged break over the festive period.
It comes after many major and independent retailers alike have suffered a significant drop in footfall and trade this year following two national lockdowns and ongoing restrictions amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
An increase in online shopping on Boxing Day is thus expected instead this year.
While many big name retailers have chosen to continue keeping doors open in the hopes it will still be profitable, others have opted to remain closed.
Asda became the latest retailer to announce it will be closing stores on Boxing Day to allow staff extra time to spend with their families, with Chief Executive Roger Burnley saying that workers have “all done an incredible job” serving customers and communities in what has been “a challenging year”.
In his message to colleagues, Mr Burnley said: “But it’s also been challenging from a personal perspective as we have not been able to spend time with our families and friends, which has been hard for us all… This is of course our busiest time of year, but it was important for us to give as many of you as possible the opportunity to spend this time with those loved ones that you may not have not seen for many months so, uniquely for this year, we will not reopen our stores until December 27th.”
Aldi and Home Bargains are among the other major retailers to adopt the same messaging.
Full list of shops to remain closed on Boxing Day:
- Home Bargains
- Pets at Home
- The Entertainer
- Marks and Spencer
- John Lewis
You can find further information regarding the operating hours of each major UK supermarket chain – including Asda, Aldi and Lidl – over the festive period here.
Opening times for the rest of the festive season can be found on the website of each above retailer.
For the latest information, guidance and support during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the UK, please do refer to official sources at gov.uk/coronavirus.