Sainsbury’s will close all of its stores for two days as a thank you to its employees – a “wonderful gesture.”
SAINSBURY’S has confirmed that all of its stores would be closed for two days during the Christmas season. This year, the grocery behemoth has announced that it will be closed on Boxing Day to recognize its hardworking employees for their efforts throughout the pandemic.
Sainsbury’s, the UK’s largest supermarket, has announced that it will be closed on Boxing Day this year to give its employees a well-deserved rest. This applies to all of the company’s supermarkets, convenience stores, and gas stations across the country.
On December 26, all Argos and Habitat stores will be closed.
Because of the closure, 170,000 coworkers will be able to take a break and rejoice with their friends and families.
“Christmas is a particularly wonderful time for so many people, but due to tight limitations last year, many of us weren’t able to celebrate in the way we wanted,” said Simon Roberts, Sainsbury’s Chief Executive.
“We will be closing all of our supermarkets, convenience stores, and petrol filling stations, as well as Argos and Habitat stores, on Boxing Day in acknowledgment of this and to say a huge thank you to all of our workers for everything they have done during the last hard year.
“I want to express my gratitude to our customers in advance for their patience, which will allow as many members of our team as possible to take a well-deserved break to spend time with their families.”
Sainsbury’s also closes its stores on Christmas Day, giving employees a two-day respite throughout the holiday season.
“After conversations with Sainsbury’s, we very much welcome the company closing all of their stores on Boxing Day this year, to give their workforce a decent holiday over Christmas,” said Paddy Lillis, Usdaw General Secretary.
“The epidemic demonstrated the importance of shopworkers to our culture and communities, as they stepped up and kept vital services running.
“Key employees have done so much this year that we don’t think it’s unreasonable to ask for the longest possible holiday break.
“We now hope that more businesses will follow Sainsbury’s lead and close their stores on December 26 to allow employees to enjoy their Christmas, take a well-deserved break, and make Boxing Day once again special.”
Customers appreciated the choice to keep stores closed, taking to social media to express their feelings. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”