Home Bargains has announced that it will be closing all of its stores across the UK on Boxing Day to give staff time to “recover”.
2021 has been yet another unprecedented year for the retail industry, and one that may have left many workers feeling like they could do with a little extra off, and so, discounter retailer has confirmed that it will close on both Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
The retailer said it wants to give workers more time to spend with their family and friends over Christmas and the festive season this year.
On top of that, the retailer will be shutting shops at the earlier time of 5pm on Christmas Eve.
“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,” a spokesperson for Home Bargains explained of the decision to close.
“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.”
Explaining a little more about the decision, Home Bargains said: “As a family-run business, we know the importance of being together at Christmas with those we care about most, now more than ever.
“This is our way of saying thank you to all of our colleagues for their continued hard work and dedication.”
The decision taken by Home Bargains to close all stores on the two Bank Holidays this year has been met with a lot of praise by customers online.
The retailer’s posts on social media have racked up tens of thousands of interactions.
This isn’t the first time Home Bargains has kept its doors shut on Boxing Day though, after it made the same decision to give its hardworking staff the day off in 2019 and 2020 too – but it’s perhaps most needed this year for a break from the hectic working environments and schedules brought on by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Home Bargains has more than 500 stores, and employs over than 22,000 staff in the UK.
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