Christmas 2022 opening hours revealed by Home Bargains and Iceland, which will both close their stores on Boxing Day
Two major high street retailers have announced they will be closing their stores on Boxing Day to give staff ‘a well deserved rest’.
Although it’s only a few days in October, Iceland and Home Bargains have already confirmed their Christmas opening hours to shoppers.
Last year, a number of shops and supermarkets remained closed on Boxing Day to give employees extra time off after two years of disruption and extra work caused by the pandemic.
It was a move hailed by Usdaw, the union for retail and store staff, which had campaigned for retailers to give their staff ‘the longest break possible during the festive season to give them a well-deserved break. deserved”.
Among those who kept all or most branches closed on December 26 last year were Aldi, John Lewis, Lidl, Pets at Home, Homebase, The Entertainer and Morrisons.
This year, Christmas Day falls on a Sunday, making Boxing Day on Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 December a Christmas holiday.
In a tweet, Richard Walker, Managing Director of Iceland, confirmed that all Icelandic supermarkets and Food Warehouse stores will be closed on December 26 this year.
He wrote: ‘We will be closing all of our Iceland and Food Warehouse stores on Boxing Day to give our colleagues some well deserved rest with friends and family.
Home Bargains said in a post on its Facebook page, followed by nearly 1.5 million people, that it was also closing on Boxing Day and again on New Year’s Day.
The company wrote: “We would like to thank all of our staff for the hard work you have done this year and want you to relax and enjoy the Christmas holidays with your loved ones.”
Thousands of shoppers welcomed the announcement, with many suggesting every store should be required to do the same.
Mandy Hill commented: “Bravo! Christmas seemed more exciting when we were kids. When the stores closed, it ushered in Christmas. Dad was off work for a few days, so everyone home. Good luck family time.
“More Christmas spirit than commercialism. If you didn’t buy it before Christmas Eve, you didn’t have it.”
Although there are still more than two months to go until Christmas Day, plans for the holiday season appear to be gathering pace, with shoppers expected to be more willing this year to spread the cost of Christmas around other high bills and constantly increasing expenses.
M&S opened bookings for its Christmas food service, Asda unveiled several of its festive ranges which have now started hitting stores while last month Argos released its predictions for the most popular toys.
John Lewis has also launched a number of initiatives to help its customers spread the Christmas costs, including temporarily removing the minimum spend threshold for click and collect orders and extending its seasonal returns window.
This means that those who want to start their Christmas shopping can exchange or return goods purchased after the end of September until January 28 – the first time the department store has made such an offer in September.