Sainsbury’s has confirmed it will keep all stores shut this Boxing Day. Sainsbury’s is the first grocer to announce it is keeping all of its supermarkets, convenience stores and petrol filling stations shut on Sunday 26th December.
All Argos and Habitat stores will also stay shut that day.
The decision to keep all stores shut has been made in recognition of the extraordinary efforts of colleagues throughout a challenging 18 months, since the start of the pandemic. Sainsbury’s senior leaders have been listening closely to colleagues as well as trade unions and have made the move in response to their feedback.
Simon Roberts, Sainsbury’s Chief Executive, 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.”
Around 170,000 colleagues will be able to enjoy Boxing Day off as a result of the retailer’s decision. Sainsbury’s hopes that by keeping all stores shut on Boxing Day more colleagues can benefit from a longer break from work and have the opportunity to celebrate Christmas with friends and family.