Discount retailer Home Bargains has announced that it will be closed on Boxing Day this year.

The company, which has outlets nationwide, informed both shoppers and employees via social media that all stores would not be opening on December 26.

Although Boxing Day is usually one of the biggest shopping days of the calendar year, with Christmas gifts and popular items typically on offer at discounted prices, the retailer has decided to give employees “some extra time off” over the festive season.  

The tweet addressed both staff and customers, saying: “To all our staff: Thank you for your hard work this year. We will be closing all our stores on Boxing Day to give you the day off. We hope you enjoy the Christmas holiday.”

The message continued: “To our customers: All of stores will be closed on Boxing Day this year to give our hard working staff some extra time off. They will reopen the day after Boxing Day. Thank you for understanding.”

Reaction to the announcement on Twitter has been extremely positive, with many suggesting Boxing Day closing should be adopted more widely.