Founder of Home Bargains will close all stores this Boxing Day, giving 17,000 staff the day off.
Last year the firm decided to keep a selection of its branches closed on the bank holiday. But this year will see the doors of all Home Bargains stores closed while the 17,000 employees benefit from an extra day’s holiday – without giving up any of their holiday allowance.
Tom Morris, the founder of the chain, says staff who have been working hard in the run up to the big day should be able to spend Boxing Day with family and friends.
Staff at the stores are elated at their pre-Christmas present from the boss.
One member of the management team at the Barnfield Road branch said: “Everyone is so grateful to Tom for this brilliant surprise. We work hard all year round and it is fantastic to see that our contribution hasn’t gone unnoticed – this really is a fantastic gift.”
Tom explained: “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: “We look forward to welcoming shoppers back through our doors on Thursday 27th December.”