Supermarket giant Sainsbury’s have announced that as a “thank you” to their staff all stores will be closed this Boxing Day following turbulent times during the pandemic.
Sainsbury’s employ around 170,000 staff including their filling stations which will also be closed on 26 December, which comes as Waitrose, Marks & Spencer and Morrisons have also made the same announcement.
Following talks with staff and trade unions Sainsbury’s made the decision and also added that Argos and Habitat will be closed for Boxing Day.
Simon Roberts, chief executive of Sainsbury’s, said, “Christmas is a really special time for so many, but because of lockdown restrictions last year, lots of us weren’t able to celebrate in the way we wanted.
“In recognition of this and to say a massive thank you to all our colleagues for everything they have done during the last challenging year, we will be closing all of our supermarkets, convenience stores and petrol filling stations, as well as Argos and Habitat stores, this Boxing Day.
“I want to thank our customers in advance for their understanding, which will mean as many of our team as possible can have a well-deserved break to spend time with loved ones.”
Paddy Lillis, general secretary of the Usdaw trade union, said: “After discussions with Sainsbury’s we very much welcome the company closing all their stores on Boxing Day this year, to give their staff a proper break over Christmas.
Paddy Lillis, general secretary of the Usdaw trade union, said, “After discussions with Sainsbury’s we very much welcome the company closing all their stores on Boxing Day this year, to give their staff a proper break over Christmas.
“The pandemic showed just how important shopworkers are to our society and communities, as they stepped up and kept essential services running throughout.
“Key workers have done so much this year and we don’t think it is too much to ask to give them the longest possible break over the festive season.
“We now hope that other retailers will follow Sainsbury’s lead, by closing their stores on December 26 to help workers enjoy their Christmas, give them a well-deserved breather and make Boxing Day special again.”