Asda has announced plans to stay shut on Boxing Day after one of the most challenging years on record for supermarket and frontline staff. The chain’s chief executive, Roger Burnley, said workers have done an “incredible job” this year as he confirmed all 631 branches will remain shut on December 26. The grocer said the decision was in response to the government’s coronavirus guidelines, which mean households will only be able to meet between 23 and 27 December. “This is of course our busiest time of year,” Burnley said. “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 seen for many months so, uniquely for this year, we will not reopen our stores until 27 December.” Waitrose, John Lewis, Aldi, Wickes, Home Bargains, Homebase, Pets at Home and The Entertainer have also announced they will remain shut – even though this is normally when Boxing Day sales begin in earnest. Poundland announced the decision to close in April, after giving staff an extra week’s leave as a ‘thank you’. Union representatives have long been calling for retailers to give their… Read full this story
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