Central England Co-op closed on Boxing Day as a ‘thank you’ to staff

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Central England Co-op has announced it will be closing the majority of its food stores on Boxing Day.

The symbol group retailer revealed that the decision has been made to recognise the “extraordinary efforts of hardworking colleagues” throughout a challenging 18 months since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

All Central England Co-op food stores will be closed on Boxing Day, apart from its six 24-hour Petrol Filling Stations which will remain open across the festive period.

As a further thank you, all Central England Co-op’s over 7800 colleagues will be able to enjoy double discount in the retailer’s stores from November 1 until January 8.

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“We want to create a sustainable society for all and that starts with our colleagues, who have worked tirelessly in these extraordinary times to sustain the wellbeing and safety of our members, customers and communities,” Central England Co-op chief executive Debbie Robinson said.

“Christmas is a really special time for so many and perhaps even more so this year after we missed out on celebrating the season in the way we wanted last year due to lockdown restrictions.

“In recognition of this and in appreciation of everything our retail colleagues have done during the uncertain times of the last 18 months, we will be closing the vast majority of our food stores on Boxing Day.

“This will allow our colleagues to have a weekend of festive fun with their families and friends and to have a well-deserved break. I want to thank our customers and members in advance for their understanding.”

The news comes as the Co-op announced shops on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day will be staffed entirely by staff who do not mind working during the holidays.

The retailer revealed it will close stores early on Christmas Eve and will operate reduced hours on Boxing Day.

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