SHOPPERS have been given a list of some popular shops staying closed on Boxing Day this year – with more to be revealed soon.
While most stores pull down the shutters on Christmas Day, there are several who keep the well-deserved break running until December 27.
Brits hoping to pop into Aldi for some party food top-ups, or a boozy re-stock to keep the festivities going, may be disappointed to hear stores won’t be open.
In true Christmas spirit the supermarket giant is keeping their doors closed for an extra day to allow staff more quality time with their families.
Richard Thornton, communications director at Aldi, confirmed: “We recognise that Christmas is an important time for many of our colleagues, and keeping our stores closed on Boxing Day gives them more time to spend with their families.
“Customers will have plenty to look forward to in the run-up to Christmas, with more of Aldi’s brand-new Christmas ranges arriving in stores over the next few weeks.”
Meanwhile, bargain hunters might be saddened to hear Poundland have also joined the bandwagon and won’t be welcoming customers into their 800 branches on December 26.
Boxing Day is a popular time to visit friends and extended family, which means it is usually a busy day for shops.
But, despite Brits racing to grab very last minute presents and dinner party gifts, the discount chain insist they will stay shut.
Simon Wells, people director at Poundland said: “We really appreciate how hard our colleagues work during the year and closing the stores on these additional days over Christmas and New Year is our way of saying thank you to them – not least because this quarter has been especially busy with new store openings.
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“Their efforts are appreciated and we hope they enjoy a well-earned break with family and friends over the festive period.”
And, Home Bargains are also allowing hard-working staff at their 600 stores to stay home on Boxing Day.
The budget brand has announced that all of its locations will close early on Christmas Eve too.
It may come as a blow to stressed-out shoppers scrambling for their final presents, but doors will close at 5pm instead of the usual 8pm or 9pm.
A spokesperson for Home Bargains said: “We know how hard all our colleagues have worked throughout the year.
“Being a family-run business, we recognise the importance of spending quality time with our loved ones.
“Therefore, we feel it is only right to support our valued store teams by giving them extended time off around Christmas and New Year.”
Other retailers and big names are yet to reveal their Boxing Day plans, but The Sun will keep you updated.
This comes as more than half a dozen Christmas adverts have already been released in the lead up to the big day.
Plus, a round-up of the top festive presents for boyfriends, dads, brothers and more this year have been revealed.