It’s been a tough year for retail – a tough 18 months really.
The Covid-19 outbreak and lockdowns have seen many shops suffer huge losses and some haven’t survived.
Those who have emerged from the pandemic have been facing new challenge and many, like Home Bargains, have wanted to thank their staff, reports the Mirror.
The retail giant has said that all its 500 UK stores will shut on Boxing Day and New Year’s
The discount retailer has also said its shops would shut earlier at 5pm on Christmas Eve.
Home Bargains stores usually shut around 8pm during the week and on Saturdays, while Sunday hours are usually until 4pm.
The company, which employs 22,000 people, said it wants to give workers more time to spend with family and friends over the Christmas season this year.
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A spokesperson said: “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.
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.
“As a family-run business we know the importance of being together at Christmas with those we care about most, now more than ever, and this is our way of saying thank you to all of our colleagues for their continued hard work and dedication.”
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