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Asda To Close All Stores On Boxing Day To Give Staff Extra Day Off

Asda To Close All Stores On Boxing Day To Give Staff Extra Day Off

Asda is to close all its stores on Boxing Day in order to give its staff an extra day off during the festive period.

The supermarket giant will shut from 7pm on Christmas Eve and reopen on the 27th December, joining a number of other high street names in deciding not to open on the day after Christmas.

Christmas shoppers will be unable to shop at some stores on Boxing Day as they will remain closed (Credit: Pexels)
Christmas shoppers will be unable to shop at some stores on Boxing Day as they will remain closed (Credit: Pexels)

The store usually operates on reduced hours on Boxing Day, but has confirmed it will close all of its 631 stores for the day, in order to give its staff a well-deserved break. Staff who were due to work on Boxing Day will still be paid and frontline staff will also be given a bonus.

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Asda has previously set a maximum amount each employee can expect to receive as a Christmas bonus, a sum which depends on their performance. This year, however, all staff will receive the full amount. The sum, which will vary between employees, will be paid out in their February 2021 pay check.

Home Bargains said it wanted families to be able to enjoy the festive period together (Credit: Pexels)
Home Bargains said it wanted families to be able to enjoy the festive period together (Credit: Pexels)

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Asda's CEO Roger Burnley 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."

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Other stores set to close this Boxing Day include Marks & Spencer, Aldi, Waitrose and Home Bargains. The homewares store announced it will close at 5pm on Christmas Eve, so that its employees can get back in time for Christmas and took to its Twitter and Instagram accounts to say: "To all our staff: Thank you for all your hard work once again this year.

"All our stores will be closed on Boxing Day to ensure you are able to spend time with your friends and family."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Christmas, Shopping, News, Asda

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