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If you've ever worked in retail, you'll know how grueling working over the festive period can be - all those last-minute shoppers on a mission to get that perfect gift. Then the post-Christmas sales come and it's 5am starts and customers rushing around to get the best deals.
Well, it seems the Home Bargains store chain understand this plight all too well and has agreed to give its 23,000 employees the day off on Boxing Day by keeping 500 shops closed, even with the sales on.
Although many stores are yet to announce their Christmas opening hours, there has been fears the days of the Boxing Day sales rush may be coming to an end with the rise of American dates such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
In recent years the sales are often readily made available online while the family is still sat around the table cutting the turkey and this tech-savvy generation is opting to nab an online bargain rather than trawl the shops.
This is what Tom Morris, the founder and managing director of Home Bargains, said all his hard-working employees deserve to do.
He told the Mirror: "Christmas is a significant period in the retail calendar, and with staff across the business spending months building up to the occasion every year, we wanted to give them an opportunity to relax and truly enjoy the break with their loved ones.
"Home Bargains is a family-run business and we know the importance of being with loved ones at Christmas time. We also appreciate that our staff work tirelessly to keep over 500 of our stores running like clockwork, so giving everyone Boxing Day off is our way of saying thank you for their hard work and commitment."
He added that the company looks forward to welcoming all their customers back through the shop doors when they reopen on 27 December.
With so much focused online, and with different sales days throughout the year, it'll be interesting to see which stores decide to extend the festive cheer for their employees and keep doors closed on 26 December and which stores will brave Boxing Day.
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