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Here’s the full list of supermarkets and shops which are closing on Boxing Day 2021

A number of supermarkets have decided to reward their staff

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As Christmas looms, a number of supermarkets and retailers have revealed that they will be closing their doors on Boxing Day.

After a gruelling year, these retailers will be closing for one extra day to give their staff a well-deserved day off to spend with friends and family over the festive period.

Here’s who will be closed and everything else you need to know…

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Marks & Spencer

As per tradition for the supermarket, Marks & Spencer will be closing its doors on Boxing Day to thank staff for their hard work over the past year.

CEO Steve Rowe said in a statement: “Up and down the country, our colleagues have been there for our customers in the most challenging of circumstances.

“As a small thank you for their incredible hard work, we’ve taken the decision to close our operations on Boxing Day once again this year, to enable our colleagues to spend more time with their family and loved ones.”

Morrisons

Morrisons will be closing its supermarkets for two consecutive days, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, despite remaining open last year.

A Morrisons spokesperson told the BBC: “Everyone at Morrisons has worked incredibly hard over the last eighteen months as we’ve responded to the unprecedented challenges of a global pandemic, serving our customers and local communities.

“So this year, we’re taking the exceptional step of closing all our supermarkets on Boxing Day, so as many colleagues as possible can enjoy a two day weekend break with family and friends.”

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Aldi

The budget supermarket will be closing on Boxing Day, as it has done for the last three decades, to thank its staff for their hard work throughout the year.

Aldi’s recruitment director Kelly Stokes said the move was in recognition of workers’ dedication over the pandemic: “This is why we will once again be keeping our stores closed on Boxing Day, and it’s been really encouraging to see other retailers committing to do the same this year.”

Home Bargains

The discount retailer announced that it will be closing on both Boxing Day and New Year’s Day as a thank you to its work-force.

A spokesperson told The Mirror: “We recognise how incredibly hard all of our colleagues have worked over the last year, to continue to serve the local communities that rely on them so much.

“In light of this, we felt it was only right to reward store teams by taking the decision to close all of our stores on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, and also close stores early at 5pm on Christmas Eve.”

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Sainsbury’s, Argos and Habitat

Sainsbury’s recently announced that it will be closing all of its stores on Boxing Days, as well as all Argos and Habitat Home stores, which the supermarket chain now owns.

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.”

Wilko

Those wanting to grab some homeware bargains after Christmas may have to wait an extra day as Wilko has announced it will be closed on Boxing Day.

A spokesperson said on the decision: “As a family-owned retailer, Wilko understands the importance of spending quality time with loved ones and after such a difficult year.

“Wilko has decided to give all its team members a day off on December 26th to spend with their families this Christmas.”

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Waitrose and John Lewis

All Waitrose supermarkets will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, other than some in Welcome Break motorways service stations and Shell forecourts.

Most Waitrose stores will shut at 6pm on Christmas Eve, with extended opening hours in the days running up to December 24th.

John Lewis stores will also be shut “as usual” on Boxing Day, except for one in Trafford, the retailer says.

Holland and Barrett

Get stocked up on your herbal remedies, because Holland and Barrett will be giving its 500 store and warehouse staff a day off on Boxing Day.

Anthony Houghton, group retail and property director at Holland and Barrett, said: “The decision to close our stores in the UK and Ireland on December 25th and 26th, one of the busiest trading periods of the year, is to say thank you to our colleagues who have worked tirelessly and under very difficult restrictions since the coronavirus pandemic began in 2020.

“I would like to thank everyone at Holland and Barrett for their continued hard work and commitment to each other and our customers and hope this time away from work will allow them to spend quality time with loved ones over this period.”

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Pets at Home

For the second year in a row, Pets at Home will be closing all of its UK stores on Boxing Day.

Pets at Home chief executive officer Peter Pritchard said: “Our people are the beating heart of our business and they have worked tirelessly once again this year to ensure that the nation’s pets and their owners have access to everything they need to stay happy and healthy.

“Caring for our colleagues is something we take very seriously and closing our stores again on Boxing Day is another small way to show our appreciation and say thank you. It’s a little early to be wishing anyone a merry Christmas, but we hope that our colleagues will be able to use this time to relax with family and friends, and of course, their pets.”

Iceland

Back in September, Iceland’s boss revealed that the budget supermarket will be closing on Boxing Day as well as Christmas Day.

When asked by Fiona Bruce on Question Time if he would like to see the member of the public get Boxing Day off, Iceland boss Richard Walker answered simply ‘yes’, before confirming that Iceland will keep its stores shut on December 26th, 2021.

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Woman finds Easter eggs for just 75p in Morrisons and does trolley dash

Bargain!

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A woman took to social media to show off her Easter egg shop after hearing Morrisons had slashed them down to 75p.

If you need to stock up on Easter eggs for the upcoming holiday, or you’ve just got a sweet tooth and love a good bargain, you’ll be pleased to hear Morrisons are selling some of the chocolate goodies for a reduced price of 75p.

One woman heard the news and had to go and check it out for herself, sharing her chocolate egg haul in a video clip on TikTok.

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Savvy shopper and chocolate lover Tammy made sure to fill her trolley with a selection of the Cadbury and Nestle eggs currently on offer at Morrisons.

The retail giant has slashed its 96g – 126g Easter eggs down by half price from £1.50 to 75p.

However, there’s just one catch: to get this price, customers will need to scan their Morrisons More Card. Customers without a More Card will still have to pay the full price of £1.50.

However, shoppers will have to act quick to bag this bargain as these deals usually only last a week.

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Tammy’s TikTok clip shows her POV as she pushes her shopping trolley filled with 20 of the Easter eggs costing her a total of £15 – not bad. At full price this shop would have cost her £30, saving her a cool £15.

With surely enough in her cart to sort the whole family and have a few left over to treat herself to while watching a Netflix series, it’s no wonder the TikToker was so pleased with herself as she typed in the caption: “When you hear these eggs are down to 75p.”

The clip, posted just days ago, has already gained almost 10,000 views and over 1,000 likes, though viewers have been left divided over the haul. Some have been tagging their friends and family to hurry and make the most of the deal while others have called it ‘selfish’ – but Tammy clapped back at the commenter, saying: “chill out”.

Meanwhile, someone else said: “Literally picked 2 of all flavours for my children.” And another asked: “Is there a limit? My daughter’s birthday party is the day before Easter so I was going to bulk buy them to give to all the kids.” 

Responding, one shopper typed: “I wasn’t told there was a limit so it was worth a try. I just went to a self-checkout.” 

While Tammy replied with: “Yes it says two of each only. I was over the ‘limit’ but no one questioned it.” 

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You can get paid £400 a month to take a relaxing hot bath

A bathroom supplier is looking for someone to test out baths and give feedback

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If you thought your dream job didn’t exist, think again as you could find yourself being paid to soak in a bath tub.

Some people much prefer a shower, while others enjoy a relaxing soak in a nice hot bath. Either way, this job description sounds heavenly, especially for the latter.

Baths have come into the spotlight since the release of Saltburn and its shocking slurping moment in THAT bath scene.

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Perhaps a few shower people have been convinced to change over to the bath side. If you prefer a bath, perhaps you’ll want to take a look at this next job description.

Bathroom Deal are looking for someone to test their bath tubs and share feedback on them. If you successfully land the role, you could become a Bathroom Quality Assurance Tester.

But you’ll have to spend a good bit of time having a soak so that you can share your verdict on each tub before they’re sold to the public. On the plus side, you’ll be squeaky clean!

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If you land the role, you’ll need to make sure you have between one to four hours per week to meet the job’s needs and in return you’ll get a freelance rate of £25 per hour, which works out as up to £400 per month.

The job is also remote so you can take a dip in the privacy of your own home but applicants must be prepared to swap out their bathtub for a different one at least once a month by professionals.

With energy prices rising and water bills going up too, we all know the cost of having a bath has become more of a luxury and probably less of an occurrence for many. However, the extra cash may be worth it.

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On top of this, aspiring bathtub quality assurance testers should also be aware that experts warn not to spend more than 22 minutes in the bath.

According to a recent study at Victoria Plumbing, this is the perfect length of time to spend in the tub and anything over that can suck the natural oils out of your skin and even leave you feeling dehydrated.

So, if this sounds like the perfect job for you, submit an application on the Bathroom Deal website – you must be over 18 to be considered.

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Man discovers it’s cheaper to stay in 5-star resort than rent in Manchester

People were left shocked

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A man went viral on TikTok after discovering it’s cheaper to stay in a five-star inclusive resort than live in Manchester.

High house prices, rising mortgage rates, soaring rent – we all know about it, but if you needed proof that the British property market has become a joke, let this video be it.

TikToker Josh Kerr was having a look at holidays to the Mediterranean online when he discovered an all-inclusive stay at a five-star resort in Turkey costs less than his city centre apartment.

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In the clip, Josh shared how he pays £950 a month for his flat in Manchester but in comparison, he found a 28-night stay at the Xoria Deluxe Resort in Antalya.

The stay included flights direct from Manchester Airport and all food and drink for £938 via the website, On The Beach.

In the viral clip, Josh said: “I’ve just found out it’s cheaper to live at a 5-star all-inclusive resort than it is to live in Manchester.”

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He continued: “Even looking at the gaff, it’s a 5-star hotel. I mean, it looks pretty bog-standard to me, but it’s decent for £900 a month.

“I’m not being funny right, but I pay £950 for my rent, bills, council tax and that. Here, you get breakfast, lunch, evening meals, drinks, snacks and a gaff. What are we doing in England?”

Though the Xoria Deluxe Resort was classed as a five-star hotel due to its amenities, Trip Advisor rated it as an average of four out of five based on reviews.

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HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE!? Yet again I ask myself why am I still in England? Its literally cheaper to live in a 5 star resort than it is to live in Manchester… #fyp

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Out of the 1,174 ratings the resort had received, reviews ranged from comments including ‘luxurious,’ ‘excellent value’ and ‘spotlessly clean’ by some people, to ‘awful’ and ‘terrible’ by others.

Xoria Deluxe has two restaurants to choose from, a patisserie, and three bars. It includes free Wifi and has a large pool with waterslides, hot tub, gym and wellness centre.

There’s also entertainment for guests throughout the day and night. In response to the video, one smart person suggested Josh ‘rented his gaff out’ at the same time as staying at the hotel.

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While another said: “Remote working looking even more attractive….” And a third added: “So does WFH now mean ‘Work From Holiday?’”

Meanwhile, others pointed out that the prices were the cost of winter holidays and not for peak season in the summer. As one skeptic pointed out: “Set it for July & August and see what it comes back with.” As another added: “Until you reach the summer and it doubles.”

The cost of a 28-day trip during July and August, on the website On The Beach, costs from at least £3,000, which is a good bit more expensive and worth taking into consideration if you’re dreaming of a remote job working by the beach.

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