Just two of the UK’s leading supermarkets will be open on Boxing Day this year after most decide to give staff an extra day off over Christmas.
Asda and Tesco will be the big supermarkets opening on December 26, with most stores operating Sunday trading hours as normal.
Sunday trading laws will be impacting all Boxing Day sales this year, with big stores only able to open for six hours and not until after 10am.
Asda says that it won’t be giving staff the extra day off this year, because it did last year.
A spokesperson for Asda said: “Last year we closed our stores on Boxing Day as a one-off to thank our colleagues for their incredible efforts during a challenging year and allow them to have an extended break with their families.
“This year we will be opening on Boxing Day as usual with limited Sunday trading hours.”
All of the other major names – Morrison’s, Sainsbury’s, Aldi, Lidl, M&S and Waitrose – have decided to stay closed on December 26.
Tesco Superstores will be closed, but Tesco Extra branches will likely still be be open.
It’s not just supermarkets that will be closed on Boxing Day this year.
Major Boxing Day sale retailer Next has also announced that it will stay closed on December 26, instead opening at 6am on December 27 for bargain hunters to get their annual fix of post-Christmas bargains.
Other retailers that are staying closed on Boxing Day include Home Bargains, Argos and Poundland.
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