Portsmouth area shops to close on Boxing Day including Home Bargains, Poundland and Aldi

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There is a growing push for retailers to close on Boxing Day to allow workers to fully enjoy the Christmas period.

We’ve put together a list of the major Portsmouth retailers which have confirmed that they will shut on December 26 2023 to give staff a well-earned rest.


These supermarkets will close on Boxing Day.These supermarkets will close on Boxing Day.
These supermarkets will close on Boxing Day.

Discount supermarket chain Aldi has announced that all of its UK store will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, reopening on Wednesday 27.

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Richard Thornton, communications director at Aldi UK, said: “We recognise that Christmas is an important time for many of our colleagues, and keeping our stores closed on Boxing Day gives them more time to spend with their families.

“Customers will have plenty to look forward to in the run-up to Christmas, with more of Aldi’s brand-new Christmas ranges arriving in stores over the next few weeks.”

Home Bargains

Home Bargains will shut all its stores on Boxing Day. Picture: Keith Woodland (020219-25)Home Bargains will shut all its stores on Boxing Day. Picture: Keith Woodland (020219-25)
Home Bargains will shut all its stores on Boxing Day. Picture: Keith Woodland (020219-25)

Home Bargains will close all of its stores on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day 2024.

The company has also confirmed that all Home Bargains stores will close at the earlier time of 5pm on Christmas Eve to enable our colleagues to spend time with friends and families.

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A spokesperson for Home Bargains said: “We know how hard all our colleagues have worked throughout the year. Being a family-run business, we recognise the importance of spending quality time with our loved ones. Therefore, we feel it is only right to support our valued store teams by giving them extended time off around Christmas and New Year.”


Poundland will close its stores on Boxing Day and New Years Day.

Simon Wells, people director at Poundland, said: “We can’t wait to welcome our new seasonal colleagues to the Poundland team – we know too from experience that many also find permanent roles with us once the festivities are over.

“What’s more we really appreciate how hard our colleagues work during the year and closing the stores on these additional days over Christmas and New Year is our way of saying thank you to them – not least because this quarter has been especially busy with new store openings.

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“Their efforts are appreciated and we hope they enjoy a well-earned break with family and friends over the festive period.”


Frozen food giant Iceland will once again be closing its stores on Boxing Day this year. A spokesperson for the supermarket chain said: “Iceland will be closed on Boxing Day to give staff a rest and time with family.”


Waitrose it the latest supermarket chain to confirm that it will not be opening the majority of its stores on Boxing Day. A spokesperson said: “On Christmas Day our shops will be closed, except those in Welcome Break service stations and Shell forecourts.

On Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, most of our shops will be closed, with a small number remaining open. Some of our shops will also be open for Deliveroo or Uber Eats orders on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day."

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Marks and Spencers

An M&S spokesperson told The News that, as in previous years, it will close its network of 400 stores on Boxing Day to allow staff to spend time with their families.

The Range and Wilko

CEO of CDS Superstores, trading as The Range and wilko, Alex Simpkin said; “It’s been an incredible year and I can’t thank all our hard-working team members enough. We believe everyone deserves a well-earned break over the festive season, so we’ve taken the decision to close for the two-day break, no exceptions.

“We’ve another exciting year ahead, we’ll be further strengthening The Range brand and continuing our ambitious roll-out of wilko stores across the UK and want to make sure everyone gets a chance to enjoy time with friends and family. In the meantime customers can continue to shop our great products and offers at unbelievable prices from the comfort of their sofas at both wilko.com and therange.co.uk ”