Boxing Day Sales is a December tradition for many – but many supermarkets and other stores are not open this year

Now that Christmas Day is over and dusted, a lot of people usually head out to take part in the Boxing Day sale

Usually people would gather early to try and get a bargain in the December tradition – and in some areas this will still happen

In many regions of the country, including the large area under Tier 4 Covid-19 restrictions, there will be far fewer stores open as non-essential retail stores have been ordered to close

For some, this is not a new thing Aldi and John Lewis were both previously closed on Boxing Day However, this year more well-known brands are doing so than ever to thank staff for their work during the coronavirus pandemic

Asda and supermarkets, as well as M&S and other stores, also confirmed that on Saturday, April 26 December 2020, will be closed

In a message to the staff announcing the move, Asda CEO and President Roger Burnley said, “This has been a challenging year and you have all done an incredible job and continued to serve our customers and communities while you were have reconciled so many other commitments

“But it was also challenging from a personal point of view as we couldn’t spend time with our families and friends, which was difficult for all of us

“This is our busiest time of year, of course, but it was important to us to give as many of you as possible the opportunity to spend this time with loved ones who you may not have seen in many months for this year we only open our business on 27 Reopen December ”

The number of visitors for boxing day shopping in the UK through 10 a.m. is down 57 percent year-over-year, largely due to store closings in areas with Tier 4 restrictions, figures from retail news service Springboard have shown

Diane Wehrle, Insights Director at Springboard, said, “It’s not going to be the slightest bit normal. It’s really because much of the country is subject to Tier 4 restrictions, which is a huge drag on Boxing Day sales and getting people online becomes

“But a bit of convenience buying comes into play because people can’t run out of what’s good for retailers

“The problem is that for the majority of retailers, the sales they make online are much less than what they make in-store”

Boxing Day sales have declined over the past decade, and when asked if this was still an important trading day, Ms. Wehrle added, “Boxing Day has become a different trading day in recent years – 30 to 40 years ago in the city centers mainly in retail, while more recently there has been a boom in leisure and gastronomy

“So shopping on Boxing Day has become an opportunity to go out and socialize When shoppers go out they make it a lot more of a day off later on so it’s still a pretty important day on the calendar. We expect more sales to come later in the day ”

While Tier 4 restrictions mean stores in many of the UK’s inner cities closed on Boxing Day for the first time in decades, shoppers in the lower tiered zones would line up for bargains in the early hours of the morning

Around 200 people had formed a socially distant queue at 5.50 a.m. outside of Next in Leicester, which is Tier 3 restricted

Boxing Day spending is expected to drop by more than a quarter compared to last year This is part of a downward trend in recent years and due to the impact of coronavirus restrictions

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