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Home Bargains, Morrisons, Waitrose, M&S and Aldi to close on Boxing Day

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Home Bargains will close all their UK stores on Boxing Day and New Year's Day, it has been confirmed.

The store typically shuts around 8pm during the week and on Saturdays, while Sunday hours are usually until 4pm – but opening times will change during this festive season.

The popular budget retailer, which has stores in Maidstone, Ashford and other Kent areas, says that the new opening times is to thank their staff for their hard work.

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The discounter has also confirmed it will be shutting shops at the earlier time of 5pm on Christmas Eve.

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The company said it wants to give workers more time to spend with family and friends over the Christmas season this year.

It isn't the first time Home Bargains has kept its doors shut on Boxing Day, having also given staff the day off in 2019 and 2020, The Mirror reports.

KentLive spoke to other major stores to see if they are planning to close on Boxing Day and this is what we found.

Marks and Spencer

Shoppers queue outside a Marks & Spencer store before Christmas

Marks and Spencer announced it will not be opening its stores on Boxing Day.

The retail giant said this is to thank its 70,000 colleagues for their hard work during the pandemic and will give workers more time to spend with their loved ones.

This comes after M&S closed its stores on Boxing Day last year and was "well-received by colleagues", according to M&S.

The closure will apply to all owned M&S stores in the UK, the Republic of Ireland, its Donington Distribution Centre and all of its support centres – including its Customer Contact Centre.

Steve Rowe, CEO of M&S, said: "Up and down the country, our colleagues have been there for our customers in the most challenging of circumstances.

"As a small thank you for their incredible hard work, we’ve taken the decision to close our operations on Boxing Day once again this year, to enable our colleagues to spend more time with their family and loved ones."

This Christmas, M&S will be extending the opening hours of more stores in the week leading up to the big day.

The majority of stores will open from 6am until midnight across Monday (December 20) to Thursday (December 23).

A selected number of stores will be open until 8pm on Christmas Eve and selected stores will be open on New Year’s Day.

Morrisons

Morrisons

Morrisons will be closed on Boxing Day in a bid to thank its 110,000-strong workforce for their "incredibly hard work over the last 18 months".

A spokesperson for Morrisons said: "Everyone at Morrisons has worked incredibly hard over the last 18 months as we’ve responded to the unprecedented challenges of a global pandemic, serving our customers and local communities.

"So this year we’re taking the exceptional step of closing all our supermarkets on Boxing Day, so as many colleagues as possible can enjoy a two day weekend break with family and friends."

John Lewis and Waitrose

Waitrose

Nearly all of the businesses shops will be closed on Boxing Day, with a spokesperson stressing "this is not new for us".

Referencing Waitrose, they said: "Most of our shops will be closed on Boxing Day, with the exception of our Welcome Break motorway service stations and Shell forecourts.

"This is in line with what we've done in previous years."

They added: "John Lewis shops will be closed as usual on Boxing Day, with the exception of JL Trafford."

Asda

Asda

Asda has not yet released their plans for Christmas yet.

A spokesperson said: "It is September and we normally make these decisions later in the year.

"We made the announcement last year in November."

They added: "When a decision is made we will let our colleagues know first."

Aldi

Aldi

Aldi simply said that it will continue to close its stores on Boxing Day as it has done for many years.

Sainsbury's

Sainsbury's

Sainsbury's said it has not released their hours "just yet", but will keep its colleagues and customers updated.

Tesco

Tesco

Tesco has not responded to the request.

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