Poundland closing stores on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day to reward staff

Discount retailer Poundland has told staff it will again be shutting stores on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day to give everyone a well-deserved break.

The discount retailer also confirmed it was doubling the value of its Christmas voucher for its 18,000-strong team, giving every colleague £50 to spend on Christmas gifts.

Barry Williams, Poundland’s managing director, said: “At the beginning of the pandemic in April 2020, we were the first retailer to commit to giving all our colleagues a well-earned rest at Christmas 2020 by keeping stores closed on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

“They deserve the same in 2021 and at our Christmas conference today [September 15] in Manchester, we’ve shared that good news.

“Throughout the last 18 months, our colleagues have been heroes – quietly turning up to work to serve their communities right across the UK and Ireland.

“By closing on Boxing Day and New Year’ Day, we recognise that service and the chance to spend extra time with their families.”

The store joins other retailers to shut on Boxing Day including Sainsbury’s, Home Bargains, Argos and Morrisons.

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