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Asda, John Lewis and Aldi among stores remaining closed on Boxing Day

Supermarket giant Asda is the latest store to announce it will remain closed on Boxing Day to allow for staff and customers to spend as much time with family as possible when coronavirus restrictions are lifted.
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Asda has confirmed it will be closed on Boxing Day (Photo: Google Maps)

Boxing Day is a usually a busy day for sale shoppers, keen to hunt out bargains as prices are slashed after Christmas. But this year, a string of stores have made the decision to remain closed on Boxing Day. 

Asda chief executive Roger Burnley said all of the chain's 631 supermarket stores will close for two days over Christmas.

In a message to employees, he said: "This has been a challenging year and you have all done an incredible job, continuing to serve our customers and communities while juggling so many other commitments.

"But it’s also been challenging from a personal perspective as we have not been able to spend time with our families and friends, which has been hard for us all.

"As you know, the strict guidelines set out by the government will change between 23rd and 27th December and more households will be able to gather together.

"This is of course our busiest time of year but it was important for us to give as many of you as possible the opportunity to spend this time with those loved ones that you may not have not seen for many months so, uniquely for this year, we will not reopen our stores until December 27."

Asda isn't the only store to confirm that it will remain closed this year, but who else will be shutting their doors? 

Wickes

Wickes will be closed on both Christmas Eve and Boxing Day as a 'sign of appreciation' following a challenging year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Although it's the first time they have ever closed on Christmas Eve, they did give staff the day off last Boxing Day.

M&S

M&S chief executive Steven Row said: "Throughout the pandemic, our colleagues have gone above and beyond to deliver for our customers and as we enter the busy festive season they are doubling down on their efforts once again to help our customers deliver the Christmas magic for their families and friends."

"2020 has been a uniquely challenging year for everyone and this Christmas, the celebrations we have, will be more precious than ever."

Aldi

Last month the supermarket chain announced they would be closing all their stores on Boxing Day.

The Entertainer

The Entertainer chief executive Gary Grant said: "Our stores will close on Christmas Eve and will not reopen again until Monday, December 28, giving our employees three of the five days of the eased restriction period to spend Christmas with the people they cherish."

John Lewis

The popular store always closes on Boxing Day and will continue to do so this year. 

Pets at Home

Peter Pritchard of Pets at Home said: "As a small but tangible sign of our appreciation, I have decided to close all of our stores on Boxing Day this year to give our colleagues much-needed time with their families and loved ones."