Leading UK retailer Next has announced changes to its traditional Boxing Day sales event. (Pic: Shutterstock)
The Boxing Day sales are synonymous with the festive season.
As people begin to emerge from their Christmas cocoons, savvy shoppers have historically hit the high streets to snag a bargain.
Whether it’s the latest addition to your winter wardrobe, smart tech at a cut down price, or planning ahead for next year, the tradition is well established.
Covid has impacted the retail sector immensely with many more people shifting their shopping habits online rather than trudging out to the old bricks and mortar shops.
One of the UK’s leading retailers, Next, has a long standing association with the Boxing Day sales, with people camping out and queuing up to beat the rest to the best deals.
But Next has announced some changes to its Boxing Day sales this year…
When is the Next sale 2021?
In 2021, Christmas Day and Boxing Day fall over the weekend.
While it means two bank holidays on 27 and 28 December for some workers in the UK, it has also made some retailers think twice about opening on a Sunday.
Trading laws only allow shops to open for six hours on any given Sunday, even if it’s Boxing Day, which limits the time people can rummage through the sales shelves.
Because of this, and the chance to give their staff an extra day off over Christmas, Next has made the decision to close all its stores in England, Wales and Northern Ireland on Boxing Day.
Next is launching its ‘Boxing Day sale’ a day later on Monday 27 December, with most shops opening doors from as early as 6am - but please check your local store.
Next stores in Scotland and Ireland will open on Boxing Day as normal so those sales will begin on Sunday 26 December.
Will the Next sale 2021 be available online?
Next has opted to embrace the online market and made its annual Boxing Day sale available through its website from Christmas Eve, Friday 24 December 2021.
Nextpay members will be able to access VIP deals as part of the sales, including up to 50% off selected items, online now through the Next website.
What is the Next sale 2021?
Though there remains a degree of uncertainty around the festive season due to the rise in Covid cases driven by the Omicron variant, sales events are still taking place.
Next carry a range of goods from womenswear, menswear, children’s clothes, baby, toddler, home and furniture items with deals expected in all of the retailer’s categories.
Are other retailers going to be open on Boxing Day 2021?
Many retailers will keep with tradition and open their doors on Boxing Day but there are some that will stay closed an extra day.
Changes to online shopping habits have given retailers the chance to explore this arrangement, as people shop from the comfort of their own homes.
Next is not alone in closing its doors on Boxing Day, with Home Bargains, Sainsbury’s, Marks and Spencer, Poundland and Aldi all announcing they too will remain closed.
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