Boxing Day shop closures in Berkshire
Whilst many shops stay open on Boxing Day to clear their shelves of sales items, many supermarkets and others decide to close their doors to give their staff a well-deserved break. During the coronavirus pandemic, a lot of retailers decided to close on Boxing Day either due to restrictions or as a thank you to their staff, and some are carrying on that sentiment into this year. As it stands, four big supermarkets have announced they’ll be closed on December 26 – whilst others including Tescos and Lidl have not yet confirmed their plans.
:Coca-Cola Christmas truck tour 2021 return teased with latest on locations Typically, retail staff get paid double to do a shift on Boxing Day and the shift can be hectic given the prominence of Boxing Day sales. That being said, online shopping during Boxing Day vastly increased last year to make up for the lack of footfall due to lockdown and this means that retailers won’t necessarily miss out if they decide to shut their doors for the day.
Shops that will be closed on Boxing Day
The supermarket retailer Morrisons has announced that they will be closed this boxing day. Last year, Morrisons staff were given double pay to work on Boxing Day, but the retailers decided it would best to shut this year. All 497 Morrisons stores will be closed on both December 25 and 26.
You can find Morrisons opening times here. Aldi Aldi has been closed on every single Boxing Day for over 30 years, with this year included.
Aldi’s across the country will close at 6pm on Christmas Eve and then reopen on December 27 at 8am. Like many other retailers, opening hours will be extended in the run-up to Christmas. You can find the opening hours for your nearest Aldi store here.
Sainsbury’s and Argos All Sainsbury’s supermarkets, petrol stations, and small convenience stores will be shut on Boxing Day 2021 and this includes Argos and Habitat, which are both owned by Sainsbury’s.
Sainsbury’s in Friar Street, Reading. (Image: Get Reading)
You can find the opening hours for Sainsbury’s here. Marks and Spencer
Employees at Marks and Spencer received a message this year saying that the supermarket stores would be closed on Boxing Day to thank the staff for their hard work during the pandemic. Boss Steve Rowe 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.”
You can find opening hours for Marks and Spencers here. Iceland Iceland confirmed that it would be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day in September when boss Richard Walker made an appearance on Question Time.
You can find opening times for Iceland here. Wilkinsons Shoppers won’t be able to visit any of Wilkinsons 416 stores on Boxing Day as staff will be off for the day, spending time with their loved ones.
You can find Wilkinsons opening hours here.
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Poundland Poundland is also offering the day off for their employees and they’ll be shutting their doors on New Year’s day as well. Poundland’s managing director Barry Williams said: “At the beginning of the pandemic in April 2020, we were the first retailer to commit to giving all our colleagues a well-earned rest at Christmas 2020 by keeping stores closed on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
“They deserve the same in 2021 and at our Christmas conference today in Manchester, we’ve shared that good news.” You can find opening hours for Poundland here. Home Bargains
The bargain store gave staff the day off on December 26 in 2019 and 2020 and is set to do the same in 2021. They’ve also confirmed that they’ll be shutting at an earlier time of 5pm on Christmas Eve. You can find opening hours for Home Bargains here.
Waitrose/ John Lewis All Waitrose and John Lewis stores will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day 2021, apart from a few Shell and Welcome Break services.
The John Lewis store in Reading. (Image: Get Reading)
There will be extended opening hours leading up to Christmas and the majority of Waitrose stores will close their doors on Christmas Eve at 6pm. All John Lewis stores in Berkshire will also be closed on Boxing Day.
You can find opening hours for John Lewis and Waitrose here. Holland and Barrett Holland and Barrett will also be closing its doors to customers this Boxing Day.
Group retail and property director at Holland and Barrett, Anthony Houghton said: “The decision to close our stores in the UK and Ireland on December 25 and 26, one of the busiest trading periods of the year, is to say thank you to our colleagues who have worked tirelessly and under very difficult restrictions since the coronavirus pandemic began in 2020. “I would like to thank everyone at Holland and Barrett for their continued hard work and commitment to each other and our customers and hope this time away from work will allow them to spend quality time with loved ones over this period.” You can find opening hours for Holland and Barrett here.
Pets at Home Pets at Home announced that they will be closing their stores on Boxing Day this year to allow staff some much-needed time off to spend with their loved ones. Peter Pritchard said: “Our people are the beating heart of our business and they have worked tirelessly once again this year to ensure that the nation’s pets and their owners have access to everything they need to stay happy and healthy.
“Caring for our colleagues is something we take very seriously and closing our stores again on Boxing Day is another small way to show our appreciation and say thank you. It’s a little early to be wishing anyone a Merry Christmas, but we hope that our colleagues will be able to use this time to relax with family and friends, and of course, their pets.” You can find the opening hours for Pets at Home here.
Other shops in Reading town centre that have confirmed they will be closed on Boxing Day
- World Shop RISC
- The Entertainer
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