Some of the biggest supermarkets in the country will not be open on Boxing Day.
Asda, Aldi and Waitrose will be closed so that staff can enjoy quality time with their friends and family.
Both Aldi and Waitrose have done this in previous years, but it’s a first for Asda.
Following a tough year, Asda is giving staff the day off as a way of saying thank you for working tirelessly through the pandemic, Kent Live reports.
What’s more, those who were supposed to work on Boxing Day will still be paid for their shift.
“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 CEO Roger Burnley said.
Tesco, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s will all still be open, this is what they had to say about it.
Morrisons will be opening on Boxing Day.
A statement said: “We will be opening our stores on Boxing Day for a limited number of hours to help our customers.
“The well being of our colleagues remains a key priority to us and our stores are working hard to ensure all colleagues get a meaningful break during the Christmas period so they can spend quality time with their family, friends or loved ones.
“Working on Boxing Day is voluntary for our colleagues and they receive double pay and time back in lieu.”
Among the ways the company is saying thank you to staff is by increasing staff bonuses.
Morrisons said: “All frontline colleagues will receive a 6% bonus on their earnings for the next 12 months rather than just the next 8-12 weeks.
“The changes represent a bonus payment of £1,050 for a full-time frontline colleague compared to the £351 that would have been paid last year.”
The bonuses are not orientated around Christmas, but is being paid quarterly.
Sainsbury’s says it will be opening, but has been putting in plans to ensure as many staff possible can have Boxing Day off.
There are a total of 12,000 temporary colleagues recruited on a temporary basis for Christmas, meaning many full time contracted members of staff don’t need to work.
And bosses claim to have been accepting Boxing Day holiday requests where possible.
Financial bonuses have been given to staff as a nod to their hard work this year.
A Sainsbury’s spokesman said: “Our colleagues do a fantastic job and have worked incredibly hard this year, so we’re doing everything we can to make sure they are able to take some time to rest and enjoy the festive season with their families, including reducing opening hours in supermarkets on Boxing Day.
“We’re recruiting more colleagues into our business than ever before so that we can give as many people as possible the time off they have asked for. This includes 12,000 temporary colleagues to support us this Christmas. For colleagues that have requested it, we have made sure they are able to take at least two consecutive days off over Christmas.
“In recognition of the outstanding service given to customers every day throughout the pandemic by our colleagues, this year we made two thank you payments to frontline workers.”
Tesco did not respond to KentLive’s request for a comment, but according to the BBC, it will be opening on Boxing Day for reduced hours.
According to the BBC, frontline staff will be awarded with an extra 10% bonus over the Christmas and New Year period.