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.
IKEA has brought back its viral ‘flat-pack’ chocolate bunny for Easter
IKEA has brought back its ‘flat pack’ chocolate bunny this Easter after it went viral and flew off the shelves last year.
The Swedish furniture giant is well-known across the world for being the home of affordable flat-pack furniture, and this is probably why shoppers rushed to praise the retailer for being so brilliantly on-brand when it launched a chocolate treat that you have to assemble yourself last Easter.
With Easter only a couple of weeks away now, shop shelves are filled with a wide range of themed chocolate treats to satisfy those sugar cravings.
Back by popular demand, and once again available for a limited-time only, the VÅRKÄNSLA is a self-assembly three-piece milk chocolate bunny – which, unlike a lot of other IKEA creations, requires absolutely no tools to put it together.
The chocolate bunny is a fun alternative to the traditional Easter egg, and is made using only certified cacao from sustainable sources.
According to a product description on the IKEA website, the chocolate bunny contains a minimum of 30% cocoa, and once it’s been put together, can either be used as Easter decoration, or you can just eat straight away if it’s too tempting to wait.
The best bit? In typical IKEA fashion, it’ll only set you back an affordable £3.95.
The VÅRKÄNSLA is just one of many alternative treats on the market at the moment for those looking for something a little different to chocolate this Easter – with the Easter egg made entirely out of two different types of cheese being one of the most popular.
The VÅRKÄNSLA is currently available both online and at IKEA stores nationwide while stocks last, and you can find out more and grab yours here.
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Aldi is closing hundreds of its UK stores this Easter bank holiday to give staff a day off
Aldi has announced that it will be closing hundreds of its stores across the UK over Easter to give staff a well-earned day off.
With schools soon to be out nationwide, and a couple of bank holidays right on the horizon, Aldi has revealed its opening times for the extended Easter weekend next month, and it includes shutting up shop at hundreds of its stores across the UK for the day to give its hardworking staff the break they deserve.
The budget supermarket retailer has confirmed that over 890 Aldi stores in England and Wales will be open until 10pm on Good Friday and Easter Saturday, so that shoppers have a final chance to pick up any last-minute Easter eggs, hot cross buns, and Easter roast essentials.
However, just like in previous years, these stores will be closed on Easter Sunday so that staff can relax and spend quality time with their families.
Stores will be open until 8pm on Easter Monday, and then back to normal the following day.
As mentioned, this isn’t the first time Aldi has closed its doors to customers on bank holidays in previous years, taking a similar decision back in 2022 and 2021 – with the latter year perhaps most needed as a break from the hectic working environments and schedules brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Aldi has over 990 stores across the UK, and employees more than 42,000 people.
In other Easter-related news, Aldi also put out a call for chocolate lovers to lend a hand earlier this month, as it’s currently on the look out for three lucky people to take on the “egg-stra special job” of Chief Easter Egg Taster.
Calling it “the job of a lifetime”, the retailer explains that its Chief Easter Egg Tasters will each receive an abundance of Aldi’s new Easter eggs to taste-test in exchange for providing the retailer with exclusive reviews of the range.