Poundland confirm it won't open stores on December 26 or January 1

Poundland have 33 stores in Northern Ireland.

BUDGET retailer Poundland has confirmed its 33 stores in the north will not open on St Stephen's Day or New Year's Day.

In a message to the group's 18,000 staff on Wednesday, managing director Barry Williams said Poundland was the first retailer during the pandemic to commit to closing on December 26 and January 1.

“They deserve the same in 2021,” said the retail boss.

Sainsbury's this week said it would not open any of its supermarkets or Argos outlets on December 26.

“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,” said Mr Williams.

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

Poundland is also doubling the value of a Christmas voucher this year, giving staff £50 to spend.

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