Shopping for Christmas gifts can be expensive, and stressful, so Boxing Day sales are often something to look forward to for many Britons. Online sales may be convenient for scooping up a bargain without having to leave the house, but if you prefer shopping in-store, you’re guaranteed to find lots of discounts across major high-street retailers. With many stores open early to welcome eager shoppers, Express.co.uk has rounded up the opening times for your favourite stores – including Currys, John Lewis and Next.
The John Lewis Partnership has said that all stores will be closed on Christmas day and Boxing day. This includes all Waitrose stores too, though a few smaller outlets at petrol stations may still be open.
Despite being closed on December 26, the major department store is still holding a “Boxing Day” sale. Discounts went live last night at 5pm, though in-store deals are yet to be offered to customers.
Sales in John Lewis stores will start when they open doors again after the Christmas break. Customers can visit the majority of shops between 9am and 8pm on Tuesday, December 27 to access their favourite products at a reduced price.
You can use the store locator tool to find out where your nearest John Lewis is and when it will open.
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Known as one of the most popular stores for Britons to visit on Boxing Day, Next often attracts queues of shoppers when the sales begin.
Sale items are often reduced by up to 50 percent, which is expected again this year, however, there’s a big change to this year’s sale date.
Next will not be opening on December 26 this year, meaning that customers will have to wait another day to access in-store deals.
instead, the high street brand has decided to start its sale a day later – on Tuesday, December 27. The reason for this has not yet been confirmed though it has been suggested that it is to “give back to staff”.
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Argos has had early deals on throughout the month to help people save money on Christmas presents, though the Boxing Day discounts will still launch to continue offering discounted products.
The sale typically goes live at midnight on December 25, with in-store bargains up for grabs in stand-alone Argos stores from 9am.
Stores are expected to remain open until 5.30pm, though those linked to supermarkets will match the opening hours of the retailer they are located in. Argos stores built within Sainsbury’s will not open on Boxing Day.
Opening hours can vary, so Argos advises customers to check the store locator for the latest details in their area.
The popular department store has issued an official statement regarding opening hours for shops on Monday, December 26, stating: “The Boxing Day sales are a popular fixture for many of our customers, and alongside our online promotions a small number of Matalan store teams opt to open early.
“This is down to the decision of these individual stores and the staff who choose to open early. No employee is expected to work the early shift and it is up to each employee to choose their preferred schedule.”
For this reason, it is best to use the store finder tool to check the exact trading hours for your nearest Matalan.
If your local store is not open, there are plenty of deals that can be accessed online, with up to 50 percent available across their products.