Sainsbury’s to shut ALL stores for two days in thank you to staff – ‘amazing gesture’

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Supermarket giant Sainsbury’s has announced that it will be keeping its doors closed on Boxing Day this year to give its staff a well-deserved break. This includes all of its supermarkets, convenience stores and petrol filling stations across the country. 

All Argos and Habitat stores will also remain closed on December 26.

The closure means that 170,000 colleagues will be able to enjoy a break, having the opportunity to celebrate with friends and family.

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.”

Sainsbury’s also keeps its stores closed on Christmas Day, meaning colleagues will have a two day break over the festive period.

Paddy Lillis, Usdaw General Secretary, said: “After discussions with Sainsbury’s we very much welcome the company closing all their stores on Boxing Day this year, to give their staff a proper break over Christmas.

“The pandemic showed just how important shopworkers are to our society and communities, as they stepped up and kept essential services running throughout.

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“Key workers have done so much this year and we don’t think it is too much to ask to give them the longest possible break over the festive season.

“We now hope that other retailers will follow Sainsbury’s lead, by closing their stores on December 26 to help workers enjoy their Christmas, give them a well-deserved breather and make Boxing Day special again.”

Taking to social media to share their thoughts on the decision to keep stores closed, customers praised the supermarket.

One person said: “Amazing gesture from Sainsbury’s.”

Another wrote: “Yes supermarket workers have been more important than ever, they deserve to be recognised.”

Last year, the supermarket giant awarded frontline workers three one-off payments in special recognition of their efforts to help feed the nation throughout the pandemic.

Combined with increased hourly rates, Sainsbury’s has invested more than £100million in rewarding colleagues.

In other news, Sainsbury’s has recently teamed up with coffee pod manufacturer Dualit and On-Pack to help customers recycle their coffee pods.

The supermarket has become the first retailer to label its own brand aluminium coffee pods as recyclable, available in store from yesterday. 

Claire Hughes, Director of Product and Innovation at Sainsbury’s, said: “We’re always looking for new ways to help our customers live more sustainably at home, and key to that is making sure any changes are small and easy to implement.

“Whilst we might be the first retailer to label our own brand coffee pods as recyclable, it’s important to understand that many aluminium pods are in fact recyclable.

“We hope others follow suit and change their packaging to raise awareness and encourage recycling.”

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